Tidbits are pulled from multiple sources, not always sure how accurate but they’re interesting! Here’s to happy researching my new home!
- It is home to over 73 million people and has an illiteracy rate of 29%.
- The national language is Amharic but has a listing of 89 languages with 2 of those being extinct.
- The script is called Ge’ez or Ethiopic and is one of the worlds oldest alphabets. It apparently has 300 letters and 7 vowels, but is spelled phonetically…that may help me!
- The Deaf population is 1 million.
The Ethiopian calendar is different from the Gregorian (used in most of the world) calendar and is based on the ancient Coptic calendar. It has 12 months of exactly 30 days, plus 5-6 days which add a 13th month (the 6th day is “leap day” added every 4 years). It is about 7 years and 3 months behind the Gregorian calendar
- July 25, 2013 is actually Hamle 18, 2005. So, I could be 22 years old instead of 30. Maybe that’s why everyone thinks I’m younger than I am. I go by the Ethiopian calendar!
Ethiopia has a 24 hour clock, but the new day starts at 6am (or dawn), not midnight since they’re on the Equator. So it’s an 8 hour time difference from the US Eastern Time Zone except during Daylight Savings Time. I’m not positive, but 1 o’clock day might mean 7am and 1 o’clock night might mean 7pm…I will definitely be relearning date and time!
There’s a rumor that the Ark of the Covenant resides in one of the churches.
Christianity makes up about 63% of the population followed by about 34% Islam and 3% traditional religions.
Injera is a flat, spongy bread used to scoop the food.
It’s one of the few countries that has not been colonized.
Apparently, good coffee comes from Ethiopia (since coffee grown on trees apparently originated there). This tea lover is hoping tea can be found or else I’ll be a perpetual jitter-bug.