Ethiopian Calendar

Ethiopians follow an ancient Coptic calendar that runs about seven and half years behind the Gregorian calendar (which most of you reading probably follow).

The Ethiopian calendar is made up of 12 months; each lasting 30 days, and then an extra month is tagged on lasting just 5 days (6 in a leap year). Most of the world's calendars are in fact based on an ancient Egyptian calendar so there are many similarities.

Ethiopia is 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church didn't agree on the date of the creation of the world, so they started off from two different points many hundreds of years ago.