September 11, 2008

Happy New Year! Enkutatash means 'Gift of Jewels'::

Today is the first day of the new year according to the Coptic/ Egyptian Calendar.

The Coptic calendar, is still used in Egypt. This calendar is based on the ancient Egyptian calendar. To avoid the calendar creep of the latter, a reform of the ancient Egyptian calendar was introduced at the time of Ptolemy III (Decree of Canopus, in 238 BCE) which consisted of the intercalation of a sixth epagomenal day every fourth year. However, this reform was opposed by the Egyptian priests, and the idea was not adopted until 25 BCE, when the Roman Emperor Augustus formally reformed the calendar of Egypt, keeping it forever synchronized with the newly introduced Julian calendar. To distinguish it from the Ancient Egyptian calendar, which remained in use by some astronomers until medieval times, this reformed calendar is known as the Coptic calendar. Its years and months coincide with those of the Ethiopian calendar but have different numbers and names.

The Feast of Neyrouz marks the first day of the Coptic year. Its celebration falls on the first month of the Coptic year, which for AD 1901 to 2098 usually coincides with 11 September, except before a Gregorian leap year when it is September 12. 

The Ethiopian calendar also called the Ge'ez calendar, is the principal calendar used in Ethiopia. The current year according to the Ethiopian calendar is 2001. The Year 2001 has started on September 11, 2008 C.E.. The year 2002 will begin on September 112009 of the Gregorian calendar. The seven to eight year gap between the Ethiopian and Gregorian calendars results from alternate calculations in determining the date of the Annunciation of Jesus.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! - ti$a

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