PAGUMIENE: The 13th Month Of Ethiopian Calendar


“Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” – Faith Baldwin

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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.

Happy PAGUMIENE!

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13 Responses to PAGUMIENE: The 13th Month Of Ethiopian Calendar

  1. Is it Pagume or PAGUMIENE?

  2. Desta says:

    Why is it necessary to use a language no one understands in today’s Ethiopia? It adds a layer of confusion.

  3. lorenwolf says:

    I Always enjoy your blog. Sometime I would love to see some images of traditional Ethiopian clothing. The fabric looks incredible. Best regards.

  4. Once again a fascinating post. I love the idea of a short transition month, and as an Australian I also regard rain as holy water, although not quite in a religious sense.

    • Sara Genene says:

      And maybe it is because having a moment for transition that made this particular month close to many Ethiopian heart including mine. About the rain it is just a great feeling to let it rain for once in a while as letting it to be is so liberating. Thank you so much for sweet and inspiring comment. God Bless.

  5. An interesting post, indeed! I also like the idea of 12 equal months and one transitional one to rethink priorities, etc.. Ethiopian textiles are beautiful. Happy New Year to you, and many blessings! 🙂

  6. Pingback: Year 2008: Happy Ethiopian New year! | About Addis Ababa

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