– 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 calendarn
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.
It should be noted that while Ethiopia uses the Coptic calendar, what the rest of the world adopts is the Gregorian calendar, which has 365 days in a year and 366 days in a leap year.