Public holidays in Ethiopia

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The following are public holidays (የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ የበዓል ቀናት) in Ethiopia. Many holidays follow the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.[1]

Date English name Amharic name (በአማርኛ) Remarks
January 7
(Leap year: January 6)
Ethiopian Christmas Genna (ልደተ-ለእግዚእነ/ ገና)
January 19 Epiphany Timkat (ብርሐነ ጥምቀት)
March 2 Victory at Adwa Day (የዓድዋ ድል በዓል) Commemorates Ethiopia's victory over Italy in 1896.
March 28 Day of Lament Hazen (የቀይ ሽብር መታሰቢያ ቀን) Commemorates Red Terror (Also called candle festival). Always held one month before National Day.
moveable in spring Good Friday Siklet (ዓርበ ስቅለት)
moveable in spring Easter Fasika (ብርሐነ-ትንሣኤ/ፋሲካ)
May 1 Labour Day (የላብአደሮች ቀን)
May 5 Patriots' Day (የአርበኞች ቀን) Commemorates Ethiopian patriots (Arbegnoch)who resisted Italian invasion and occupation from 1936-1941. Official name is Arbegnoch Qen. (Patriots' Day)
May 28 Derg Downfall Day (ደርግ የወደቀበት ቀን)
(National Day)
Commemorates the end of the Derg junta in 1991. Although this day is Ethiopia's National Day, its official name is Derg Downfall Day.
September 11
(Leap year: September 12)
New Year's Day Enkutatash (እንቁጣጣሽ/የዘመን መለወጫ/አዲስ አመት)
September 27
(Leap year: September 28)
Finding of the True Cross Meskel (ብርሐነ-መስቀል) ()

In addition, the following Muslim holidays, which may take place at any time of the year, are observed as public holidays:

Date Arabic name Amharic name
moveable Ramadan (ረመዳን)
moveable Mawlid (መውሊድ)
moveable Eid al-Fitr (ዒድ አል ፈጥር)
moveable Eid al-Adha (ዒድ አል አድሐ)

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