Ethiopian New Year: Enkutatash

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Enkutatash is the first day of the Ethiopian New Year (September 11) and means “gifts of jewels” in the Amharic language. It not only celebrates the start of a new year, but the end of a long rainy season where the country is covered in yellow daisies. Modern Enkutatash is a holiday of exchanging New Years greetings and gifts. Families and friends gather together for a traditional meal of injera (flat bread) and wat (stew). Join us at IAMA as we celebrate this special holiday!

See our list of planned activities below.

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Art Exhibit

Opening reception in our #tendergold gallery by artist Tadesse Alemayehu

Exhibit will be on view September 1 - 25


Ethiopian Coffee ceremony

12:00 - 3:00 PM


Food vendors with special honey wine tasting

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Jewelry/accessory vendors


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Children’s activities

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Includes face painting, drum making, paper flower making, and Ethiopian calligraphy

Music and dance performances

2:00 - 3:00 PM

4:00 - 4:30 PM


New Year’s Song & Balloon Drop at 4:15 pm