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Ethiopians follow a 13-month calendar that is seven years and eight months behind the western calendar and is comparable to the calendar used in many Eastern Orthodox churches. The Ethiopian New Year occurs on September 11th according to the Gregorian calendar. The Ethiopian Queen of Sheba received treasures from King Solomon almost 3,000 years ago, and the bible claims that God created the earth in the month of September. Yellow flowers started to bloom in the hillsides surrounding Addis Abeba upon her return, at the end of the dry summer season, marking the end of a protracted drought and the beginning of new life within the nation. The festival was given the name Enkutatash, which translates to “gift of the jewels,” in honor of their former empress. The same number of daylight and nighttime hours occur in September, which is another reason why early Ethiopian Christians regarded September as having special spiritual significance. Enkutatash is not a religious celebration only because of its history and meanings. This season is seen as a time for family and community, a time when we put aside our differences and embrace a shared experience. It is celebrated by both Christians and atheists. Gifts are frequently given and received, and more traditional households welcome guests with bouquets of the yellow flowers that may be found in the foothills surrounding Addis Abeba. These are the same flowers that the Queen of Sheba was given all those years ago.

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