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Ethiopia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Ethiopia Public Holidays in 2017
Jan.    Sat Genna (Ethiopian Christmas)
        Thu Timket (Epiphany)
Mar.    Thu Adwa Victory Day
Apr.    Fri Siklet (Ethiopian Good Friday)
        Sun Fasika (Ethiopian Easter)
May   1 Mon International Labour Day
      5 Fri Arbegnoch Qen (Patriots' Victory Day)
     28 Sun Dergue Downfall Day (National Day)
June 26 Mon Id Al Fetir (End of Ramadan)
Sep.  2 Sat Id Al Adaha / Arefa (Feast of Sacrifice)
     11 Mon Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year)
     27 Wed Meskel (Discovery of the True Cross)
Dec.  1 Fri Mawlid (The Prophet's Birthday)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

31 Jan 2017 Ethiopian 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its annual list of the expected dates of the non-working public holidays in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2017.  16 Jan 2016 Ethiopian 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its annual list of the expected dates of the non-working public holidays in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2016.  10 Dec 2015 Ethiopian Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday December 23 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (EIASC), in conjunction with the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council of Addis Ababa, have confirmed that the upcoming Mawlid (birthday of Prophet Mohammed) non-working public holiday in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2015, would be marked as a public holiday in Ethiopia on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.  02 May 2015 Ethiopian Public Holiday May 5 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Tuesday, May 5, 2015, would be a non-working public holiday in Ethiopia on account of the annual Ethiopian non-working public holiday for Arbegnoch Qen (Victory Day).  17 Jan 2015 Ethiopian 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its annual list of the expected dates of the non-working public holidays in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2015.  11 Jan 2014 Ethiopian 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its annual list of the expected dates of the non-working public holidays in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2014.  07 Aug 2013 Ethiopian 2013 End of Ramadan Public Holiday (Ethiopian Radio And Television Agency-ERTA) The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council has confirmed that the upcoming Eid'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holiday, would be celebrated in Ethiopia on Thursday, August 8, 2013.  23 Jan 2013 Ethiopian 2013 Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday Announced (Ethiopian Radio And Television Agency-ERTA) The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council has confirmed that the upcoming Mawlid (birthday of Prophet Mohammed) non-working public holiday, would be celebrated on Thursday, 24 January 2013.  03 Nov 2012 Ethiopian 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the expected dates of the non-working public holidays in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2013.  14 Jan 2012 Ethiopia 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia-Addis Ababa) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the expected dates of the non-working public holidays in Ethiopia for the calendar year 2012.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Ethiopia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Ethiopia are regulated by the Public Holidays and Rest Day (Amendment) Proclamation (No. 29 of 1996) which replaced the public holidays that were declared by the Soviet-backed regime in the Public Holidays and Rest Day Proclamation (No. 16 of 1975), itself repealing the Proclamation No. 151 (No. 16 of 1956).  Calendar Used: The calendar in use in Ethiopia is the Ethiopic calendar, and is used for most secular holidays. However, the dates of Christmas (Genna), Epiphany (Timket), and Easter, seem to be regulated by the Greek Orthodox calendar.  Timket, or the Epiphany using the Ethiopian calendar, commemorates Christ's baptism by Saint John in the Jordan River. Celebrations feature an enormous bath where thousands of people are blessed. Celebrations of a much less religious nature usually begin on the eve of Timket .  The May 28, Dergue Downfall Day (aka. Ginbot 20), which commemorates the overthrow of the Dergue, led by Colonel Mengistu, who ruled Ethiopia from 1974 to May 1991 (Ethiopian calendar Ginbot 1983), replaced the Revolution Day public holiday which was abolished immediately after the overthrow of the Dergue, in September 1991 (Mekserm 1984 E.C.).  Revolution Day (September 12) celebrating the 1974 overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie, was a public holiday from 1975 to September 1991, when it was abolished. This holiday nevertheless still appears in many online sources, because Ethiopian New Year, usually September 11, falls on September 12, the year before each western leap year, thus regularly leading credence to the continued celebration of Revolution Day on September 12 (in fact that holiday was also based on the Ethiopic calendar, and it moved to September 13 on the years when Ethiopian New Year moved to the 12th).  Ethiopia International Codes ET and ETH (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .et (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Ethiopia information and news: National Bank of Ethiopia (Ethiopia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Ethiopia maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Ethiopia), and Wikipedia (includes Ethiopia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Ethiopia, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Ethiopia, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Ethiopia.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Ethiopia that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Ethiopia were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Ethiopia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Ethiopia, before planning any trip to Ethiopia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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