Happy New Year! We had a quiet celebration at home this year. In fact, it is not New Year here at all. The year yesterday was 2003 and today it remains 2003!
Ethiopia has its own calendar and the current year is 2003. New Year’s Day is on our September 11th or 12th. The months are each 30 days long with a 13th month at the end of the year which is 5 or 6 days long. If you want to know more (and your brain can handle the confusion!) have a look at this article. This calendar should also make things a (little) bit clearer.
So here in Ethiopia this morning people didn’t know or realise it was New Year for most of the rest of the world. Our colleagues were a bit surprised when we told them… Ethiopia really does live in its own time zone. And that’s before we even start thinking about the difference in telling the time of day – maybe we’ll save that for another occasion!!
Happy New Year to everyone in 2011-world!!