Ethiopia is celebrating Christmas today, as are Coptic Christians throughout the world, including Egypt. Christmas is called Ganna in Ethiopia and is celebrated on 7 January. Last night, on Christmas Eve, the orthodox churches were packed with people, holding candles, singing hymns and praying. Today, families will enjoy visiting and eating together, and some gifts will be exchanged.
Egypt's Christians also celebrate the big day today, but this year they are doing so under a cloud of fear. Recent political events have made the community feel less than secure... read more
New Year in Ethiopia
If you really enjoyed the year 2005, then you can re-live the experience all over again by heading to Ethiopia. Ethiopians follow an ancient Coptic calendar which runs about 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar (which most of you reading probably follow). The New Year, Enkutatash, is celebrated in September.