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Top events in Ethiopia

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...

January
19

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's Epiphany (the celebration of Christ's baptism) is the country's most colourful annual religious festival. Massive...

April
01

Ethiopia's Orthodox Easter ends a 55-day vegetarian fast by the faithful. The evening of Easter Saturday is the big event when the faithful gather...

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.

2017

January
07
Ethiopian Christmas Day
Start date:
7 January 2017
January
19
Timkat (Epiphany)
Start date:
19 January 2017
March
02
Victory of Adowa
Start date:
2 March 2017
April
14
Ethiopian Good Friday
Start date:
14 April 2017
April
16
Ethiopian Easter Sunday
Start date:
16 April 2017
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2017
May
28
Derg Downfall Day
Start date:
28 May 2017
June
25
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
25 June 2017
September
01
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
1 September 2017
September
11
Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)
Start date:
11 September 2017
December
01
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
1 December 2017
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