Ethiopia Celebrates New Year Amidst Hopes for Peace and Prosperity

Innoventia Africa – Ethiopia is celebrating its New Year, Enkutatash, on September 12, 2023. The holiday marks the beginning of the Ethiopian solar year and is a time for families to come together and celebrate with feasting, dancing, and music.

The Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11 or 12 in the Western calendar, depending on whether the year is a leap year.

This year’s New Year celebrations come at a time of hope for peace and prosperity in the Horn of Africa nation. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has acknowledged the multiple challenges that the country has faced, but said that “we have left them behind” and are now “on a strong foundation.”

The new year celebration comes a few days after PM Abiy announced the successful completion of the fourth and final filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This move has been criticized by Egypt, which fears that the dam will reduce its share of the Nile River water.

Ethiopia was also admitted into BRICS last month, and the country hopes that this will strengthen its economic growth and cooperation with other developing countries.

“This year, it is a special celebration with the completion of the fourth and final filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Our national flagship project,” Etsegenet Bezabih Yimenu, Ethiopian Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda said in a message to Innoventia Africa.

“Therefore, in this regard, I would like to congratulate all Ethiopians and Ethiopian origins of Foreign nationals on this, and I would like to wish them happiness, peace, and prosperity,” the ambassador added.

Etsegenet said she will celebrate the Ethiopian New Year 2016 in Uganda with staff, Ethiopian community members, and Ugandan friends of Ethiopia at the residence.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson tweeted: “Melkam Addis Amet! With my warmest wishes for a blessed new year full of peace and prosperity to all our sisters, brothers, colleagues, and friends celebrating.”

Political violence has increased in the Oromia and Amhara regions in recent months, but the government has been working to promote peace and stability in the region.

The New Year is a time for new beginnings, and Ethiopians are hopeful that this year will be a year of peace and prosperity. They are looking forward to putting the conflict behind them and building a better future for their country.

By Felix Tih  Twitter 

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