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 Derg Downfall Day.
moveable in spring Good Friday Siklet (ዓርበ:ስቅለት)
moveable in spring Easter Fasika (ብርሐነ-ትንሣኤ/ፋሲካ)
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)


  1. ^ "Festivals & Holidays". Retrieved 30 September 2016.