Ethiopians prepare for traditional new year

Added On September 12, 2018

 In Ethiopia,the traditional New Year falls on September 11th, or September 12th during a leap year.

And people have prepared to start week-long celebrations welcoming the Ethiopian New Year.
Lifestyles has the story.
Mekonen Sisay, along with his family and friends, are preparing for a feast, to count their blessings from the previous year and wish for more blessings in the new year.
SOUNDBITE(Amharic)MEKONEN SISAY, Addis Ababa resident
"The New Year is exciting for me. I will spend the New Year with my family feeling happy and fulfilled. I have bought chicken and sheep for this occasion."
As Ethiopia seems to come out of almost three years of political turmoil, Sisay said he hopes that the New Year will bring harmony in society and happiness for the whole country.
Abdel-Fattah Mohammed, who sells sheep at the market, is also enjoying the festive atmosphere and optimism permeating the country.
SOUNDBITE(Amharic) ABDEL-FATTAH MOHAMMED, Addis Ababa resident
”As this is a time of New Year, people prepare traditional snacks and enjoy communal blessings. We all celebrate the New Year together, regardless of differences in our religious beliefs".
In a traditional society like Ethiopia's, men are expected to cover household costs and buy meat products, while women are expected to do household chores, like preparing special foods for the holidays.
However, as Ethiopia rapidly urbanizes and lifestyles change, more and more women are becoming bread winners and are out purchasing meat products.
SOUNDBITE(Amharic)MEAZA HAILU, Addis Ababa resident
"I wish my family, husband, my children, my sister's family and all others an Ethiopian New Year of fulfillment, love and happiness."