Ethiopian Cultural Festival in Charlotte

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 14: A view of Mini Unicorn Treat Ice Cream Sandwiches served during Family Ice Cream Fun-dae hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry at Privy Park at Hudson on October 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

If you didn’t know that there is an Ethiopian cultural festival in Charlotte? If not, I have to give you the details surrounding it.

I had to do another type of research for this event. Ethopia celebrates the new year and here we are in 2015. I know that reading the title we wondered if I had made a typo. First, let me give you the details of the festival. It’s this Saturday, September 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will be located at the Midwood International and Cultural Center located at 1817 Central Ave.

Now let’s get to research. I wanted to better understand why the year is 2015 there. The Ethiopian New Year is called “Enkutatash”. In Ethiopia they use a calendar based on the calculations of a 6th century monk named Dionysius. This calendar is considered what is called a Gregorian calendar. With this calendar, this monk made “the annunciation of Jesus” 8 years later according to this calendar. Their new year date is 9/10 and leap years is 9/11. That makes their next year 2015 instead of 2023 and since the Ethiopian New Year starts on 9/10, according to the Gregorian calendar, that makes 2015 on Saturday. I understood?? Good!

It will be something fun to do with the family, date day, all that good stuff. Discover the cultural festival.

Darcy J. Skinner