“Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” – Faith Baldwin
Like the Egyptian Coptic, Ethiopian calendar have a year of 13 months. The first 12 months have 30 days each, and the last 13th month has 5 days and 6 days in leap year.
The name of the 13th month is in Ge’ez and known as PAGUMIENE. This uniquely short but sweet month of PAGUMIENE just started here in Ethiopia and is going to last for the next six days at this time of year.
The 13th month of PAGUMIENE is more like a transition moment, getting all ready for the New Year celebration, and of course reflecting on the old year and making a resolution for the coming Ethiopian New year which is going to take place on September 12, 2015 for this year.
One of the very interesting details of this particular short month is that it holds a day that rain is actually considered as Holy Water. On that particular day many Ethiopian orthodox religion followers stand under the pouring rain to get the blessing and even save it in a container.
The Ethiopian calendar is always seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian (Western) and Eastern Orthodox Church calendars during September and December and eight years and four months behind during January and August.
And now here in Ethiopia, we are saying goodbye to year 2007 and welcoming year 2008 via the uniquely last, 13th, and shortest month of the year.