Ethiopians are today celebrating a new year, marking the start of 2010.
The country has its own calendar with 13 months, twelve of which have 30 days as the thirteenth month – called Pagumen – has five days which become six each leap year.
The just ended year 2009 has been eventful for Ethiopia and its people, for instance, it was the year in which the Horn of African country managed to be elected as a non-permanent member of UN’s Security Council.
That year also saw the registration of the Oromo Geda system by UNESCO as the world’s intangible heritage, and the election of Ethiopia’s Dr Tedros Adhanom as Directror general of the world health organization.
Unfortunately in the just concluded year, at least 113 Ethiopians lost their lives following a dumpsite landslide in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia is one of few countries in the world with its own unique calendar. Each year on 11 September, people come together in large numbers to celebrate the start of a new year.
Families are known to gather to hold festivities to mark the start of the year, making merry and exchanging gifts.
A lot of Ethiopians have taken to social media to express their joy and to wish their friends well as the new year begins.