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September
27

In remembrance of the Byzantine Empress Helena finding the true cross this festival is a colourful celebration of dancing, singing, and music that...

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...

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.

2014

January
07
Ethiopian Christmas Day
Start date:
7 January 2014
January
13
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
13 January 2014

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

January
19
Timkat (Epiphany)
Start date:
19 January 2014
March
02
Victory of Adowa
Start date:
2 March 2014
April
18
Ethiopian Good Friday
Start date:
18 April 2014
April
20
Ethiopian Easter Sunday
Start date:
20 April 2014
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2014
May
05
Patriots' Victory Day
Start date:
5 May 2014
May
28
Derg Downfall Day
Start date:
28 May 2014
July
28
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
28 July 2014
September
11
Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)
Start date:
11 September 2014
September
27
Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)
Start date:
27 September 2014
October
04
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
4 October 2014

2015

January
03
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
3 January 2015

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

January
07
Ethiopian Christmas Day
Start date:
7 January 2015
January
20
Timkat (Epiphany)
Start date:
20 January 2015
March
02
Victory of Adowa
Start date:
2 March 2015
April
10
Ethiopian Good Friday
Start date:
10 April 2015
April
12
Ethiopian Easter Sunday
Start date:
12 April 2015
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2015
May
28
Derg Downfall Day
Start date:
28 May 2015
July
18
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
18 July 2015
September
12
Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)
Start date:
12 September 2015
September
23
Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
23 September 2015
September
28
Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)
Start date:
28 September 2015
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