- Does your country have a traditional calendar?
- What is your favorite month?
- calendar /KAL-uhn-der/
- final /FAHYN-l/
- regular /REG-yuh-ler/
- celebrate /SEL-uh-breyt/
- check /chek/
[noun] – a printed table showing all the days, weeks, and months of the year
When can we get next year’s calendar?
[adjective] – last
The basketball’s final round will start in a few hours.
[adjective] – usual or ordinary
He’s a regular customer of this restaurant.
[verb] – to recognize an important occasion by taking part in an activity that makes it special
We will celebrate her birthday on Sunday.
[verb] – to make certain that something or someone is correct, safe, or suitable by examining it, him, or her quickly
Please check your bag if you have everything you need.
A 30-day calendar is used in Ethiopia for the first 12 months. But Pagume, the final month of the Ethiopian calendar, has six days in leap years and five days in regular years. One year has 365 days, 6 hours, 2 minutes, and 24 seconds on the Ethiopian calendar. Since 2014 began in September of last year, this means that they’re seven to eight years behind the rest of us. Ethiopians then celebrate the start of the new year on September 11 or September 12 if it’s a leap year. Because of this, the country celebrates more public holidays than other nations around the world.
Many people use the Gregorian calendar, but in traditional Ethiopia, the old calendar is still in use. If you’re traveling to Ethiopia, make sure to check the dates first!
True or False:
- Ethiopia is in Europe.
- There are 31 days in the first 12 months of the Ethiopian calendar.
- Pagume is the last month in the Ethiopian calendar.
- Ethiopians celebrate the new year on September 11 or September 12 in a leap year.
- Ethiopia has fewer public holidays than other countries.
Fill in the blanks
- The show’s _______ will be out tonight.
- _______ if the tires are not flat.
- Let’s _______ our victory!
- When is April 13 in this year’s _______?
- For most, Sunday is a _______ holiday.