– As countries around the world countdown to 2021, Ethiopia recently entered 2013 – The East African country is seven years behind the rest of the world because of the Calendar it adopted which is different from the one being used globally
– Ethiopia uses Coptic calendar, while other countries of the world use Gregorian calendar
While it is year 2020 globally, Ethiopia on September 11 entered the year 2013 and the people in the country celebrated the new year amid the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world. You may be wondering why the East African country is seven years behind the rest of the world. Well, Ethiopia follows a calendar similar to the ancient Julian calendar, which started disappearing from the West in the 16th century.
According to Face2FaceAfrica, the difference in year numbering is believed to be because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church does not agree with the Roman Catholic Church about when Christ was born.
The Gregorian calendar is factored in the calculation of the year in which Jesus was born, while the Coptic calendar is factored in the calculation of the Annunciation (Jesus’s conception, not birth) arrived at by Egyptian monk-historian Annianus of Alexandria.