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 Touring Ethiopia during National Events

Celebration is a part of the Ethiopian life. Touring Ethiopia during these events provides a special experience to the traveler. You will be able to see, feel, and taste the culture and traditions of the people. Below you will find a list of events that take place in Ethiopia, based on the Julian calendar.



September 11

Ethiopian New Year

September 26

The finding of the True Cross (Meskal)

October 2

Id ul Fitr (Ramadhan)

December 9

Id ul Ahda (Sacrifice)

January 8

Ethiopian Christmas

January 20

Ethiopian Epiphany

March 2

Victory of Adwa

March 20

Birth of Prophet Mohammed (Mauwlid)

April 25

Ethiopian Good Friday

April 27

Ethiopian Easter

May 1

International Labour Day

May 5

Ethiopian Patriots’ Victory Day

May 28

Downfall of the Dergue Regime

If you desire to experience Ethiopian culture during its most joyous time, Go Visit Ethiopia can assist you in booking flight and hotel arrangements during these times as well as year round. Additional information is found on site to assist you in choosing which events you would like to attend, as well as which areas you would like to visit. Please make note that Sundays are a time of rest among the people of Ethiopia. It is a tradition that is observed within this country, as well as in places around the world. 

Ethiopian Public Holidays

Ethiopian public holidays are based within three categories. There are national secular holidays, Islamic holidays, and Christian Orthodox festivals. It is highly recommended to make travel arrangement in advance if you are interested in traveling to Ethiopia during festivities. This is especially true if you are interested in traveling to Gonder, Aksum, and Lalibela.