Today is Ethiopian New Year – and they are welcoming in the year 2007! Confused? Unlike ours, the Ethiopian year is based on the Coptic calendar and has 13 months (as their tourist board boasts: 13 months of sunshine!), with different names to our own. And so while today in the UK it is 11th September, in Ethiopia it is Meskerem 1 – New Year’s Day!
To celebrate this national holiday, Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia’s Country Manager, Bojia Duguma, sent us an e-card and this lovely message:
“Happy Ethiopian New Year 2007!
Along with the children and Donkeys
It is naturally difficult to stand between a foal and its mother.
Things are improving, we are making the difference, getting closer developing trust.
The future generation may not use sticks to talk to donkeys!”
Happy New Year to all our partners in Ethiopia!