Ethiopians In Celebratory Mood as New Year, Enkutatash, Arrives

Ethiopia is observing Enkutatash (the day of giving jewels) - New Year on the Gregorian calendar - a day celebrated by Ethiopia and Eritrea on September 12.

Henok Tadele Haile writes for Ethiopian News Agency, that after a difficult previous year, major successes were achieved, including wheat self-sufficiency, the Pretoria peace agreement signed to end the Ethiopia-Tigray war, BRICS membership, and the successful completion of the fourth filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The final filling of the GERD on September 10, 2023 has however been slammed by the Egypt government and Sudanese experts.

Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia, including Ethiopians in the Diaspora are celebrating the New Year at Ethiopian Embassies in various parts of the world. Countries such as Indonesia and Australia have congratulated the nation, calling for sustained growth and peace.

Despite the celebrations, protests and clashes in Tigray, Oromia and Amhara region, are still ongoing.

The country has also been embroiled in a two-year war with the Tigray region from November 3, 2020 to November 3, 2022. The war was primarily fought in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia between forces allied to the Ethiopian federal government and Eritrea on one side, and the TPLF on the other.


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