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With over 86 different ethnic groups, the cultures of our communities are prominent in our lifestyle. With traditions going back to the days of Axum, and a strong religious setting, celebrations and festivals play an important part in our daily lives.Our greatest festival is “Timket” (Epiphany), where tourists are welcome to celebrate with us.

But other festivals such as “Enkutatash” (the Ethiopian New Year, in September after the rains), “Maskal”, “Gena” (Christmas), Id, and Easter are all glorious celebrations. In every region you will discover local festivals and ceremonies where you will be welcomed as an honored guest. Remember, when checking any dates, that Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, and we are unique in having thirteen months. Our traditional calendar remains almost eight years behind the Gregorian Calendar of the West.