Public holidays in Ethiopia

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The following are public holidays (የኢትዮጵያ:ብሔራዊ:በዓል) 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.
moveable in spring Good Friday Siklet (ዓርበ:ስቅለት)
moveable in spring Easter Fasika (ብርሐነ-ትንሣኤ/ፋሲካ)
May 1 International Workers' Day
May 5 Ethiopian Patriots Victory Day የአርበኞች ቀን Commemorates the 1941 entering of Emperor Haile Selassie into Addis Ababa, who returned to the throne after 5 years
May 28[2] Derg Downfall Day ደርግ:የወደቀበት:ቀን Commemorates the end of the Derg junta in 1991.
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.
  2. ^ "Derg Downfall Day in Ethiopia". Retrieved 2016-11-03.
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