Ethiopian president calls for renaissance in New Year message
Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-02 01:33:05|Editor: yan
ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome on Friday called on Ethiopians to make sure the country’s renaissance during a New Year message delivered to the nation.
The president made the remark while announcing the launch of 10-day events to usher in the upcoming Ethiopian New Year, which starts on September 11, 2017.
The events include Love Day, Mothers’ and Children’s Day, Elders’ Day, Peace Day, Reading Day, Green Development Day, Respect Day, National Feelings Day, Unity Day and Ethiopia Day.
President Teshome said the various events will bring to the East African nation’s significant gains in the socioeconomic and political sectors over the past decade.
However, he admitted poverty, unemployment and El Nino-induced drought were some of the challenges that the nation faced in the past and will continue to face in the New Year.
Ethiopia has a unique calendar deriving from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church traditions whereby the country counts its annual year seven to eight years behind the internationally used Gregorian calendar. Based on this, the Ethiopian New Year that falls on September 11, 2017 will be 2010.