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Calendar and time

Calendar and time

Ethiopia uses its own calendar which divides the year into 12 months of 30 days each, with the remaining five (or six days in a leap year) constituting a short 13th month of Pagme.  The Ethiopian New Year commences on the 11th or 12th of September in the Gregorian calendar.

There is a 7 or 8 year difference from the Gregorian calendar, seven years from September to January 1, and eight years from January 1 until September 10/11. The current Ethiopian year is 2004, running from September 12, 2011 to September 10, 2012. Meskerem 1, New Year's Day 2005, will fall on September 11th 2012. 

 Ethiopian month    

 Gregorian month    

 Gregorian dates 2011-2012

 Meskerem

 September                           

September 11 - October 10

 Tekemt                

 October                

October 11 – November 9

 Hedar

  November                          

November 10 – December 9

 Tahsas

 December

December 10 – January 8

 Tir

  January                              

January 9 – February 7

 Yekatit

  February                             

February 8 - March 9

 Megabit

 March                                  

March 10 – April 9

 Miyazya

   April                                   

April 10 -  May 8

 Ginbot

 May                                     

May 9– June 7

 Sene

  June                                     

June 8 – July 7

 Hamle

  July                                      

July 8 – August 6

 Nehase

   August                               

August 7 – September 5

Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 time zone. Business hours vary according to the nature of the business. Normally government offices and most other office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. Working hours on Friday are 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

Banks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. Working hours on Friday are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3: 00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 to 11a.m.

 Ethiopians also use a 12-hour clock, with one cycle of 1 to 12 running from dawn (6am) to dusk (6pm) and the other cycle from dusk to dawn. The start of the day is dawn, rather than midnight. Thus, 7:00 AM in East Africa Time (EAT) corresponds to 1:00 daylight in local Ethiopian time; 12:00 noon EAT is 6:00 daylight hours; and 6:00 pm EAT is 12:00 local time.