Ever wanted a 13-month year? Well, the Ethiopians have one

Africa specialist, Victor Kgomoeswana, explains how it came about that the Ethiopians have their own calendar that is different to the one used by most countries in the world, the Gregorian calendar.

According to the Ethiopian calender, a year has 13 months as opposed to the 12 months that everyone is accustomed to, says Kgomoeswana.

He says the Ethiopian calendar is 7 to 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar.

Read: 73% of Ethiopian coffee workers are women (and other Africa Connected insights)

In Ethiopia today you'll be in November 2010....

Victor Kgomoeswana, Africa specialist

Ethiopians are very schooled and very educated so they have and they will explain it all to you that they are 8 years behind everybody in the first 9 months of the year and in the last quarter of the year there are about 7 years and few months behind.

Victor Kgomoeswana, Africa specialist

The reason their calendar is different the Ethiopians try to coincide their year with the stars, according to astronomy.

Victor Kgomoeswana, Africa specialist

To hear more about the Ethopian calendar and how it works, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Ever wanted a 13-month year? Well, the Ethiopians have one


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