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Top events in Ethiopia

November
24

Ethiopia is renowned for its long-distance runners and this 10km (6 miles) race is a great chance to see some of the big name running stars of...

November
30

This religious festival celebrates the veneration of the Virgin Mary and attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the country to witness the...

December
28

About 100,000 pilgrims descend on Kulubi Gabriel Church, near Dire Dawa, for this colourful ceremony of baptisms and prayer which celebrates the...

Ethiopia Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

Public holiday note

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

2016

January
07
Ethiopian Christmas Day
Start date:
7 January 2016
January
19
Timkat (Epiphany)
Start date:
19 January 2016
March
02
Victory of Adowa
Start date:
2 March 2016
April
29
Ethiopian Good Friday
Start date:
29 April 2016
May
01
Ethiopian Easter Sunday
Start date:
1 May 2016
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2016
May
28
Derg Downfall Day
Start date:
28 May 2016
July
07
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
7 July 2016
September
11
Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)
Start date:
11 September 2016
September
13
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
13 September 2016
December
12
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
12 December 2016

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

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