17/18 January, Timket of Eve of Epiphany: To commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Ceremonies start on the eve, and the processions continue for 3 days, as the Tabots, or replicas of the Ark of Covenant, are taken from churches to a place where there is water, or where water is sprayed onto the crowd, and then taken back to the churches again.
The feast of Hosana or known as palm Sun day is the Sunday before Easter celebrates the entry of Jesus Christ in to Jerusalem in which people welcomed Jesus by spreading palm branches.
12 April, Easter Sunday (this year, 2015). This marks the end of the 55 day fast, when Orthodox Ethiopians refrain from all meat and dairy products.
11/12 September, Ethiopian New Year (this year 2015, 12 September): Ethiopian follows the Julian calendar, 12 September will be the first day of 2008, which is a leap year.
27/28 September, Meskel (cross) festival, to commemorate the finding of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. According to the legend, the Byzantine Empress Elleni was lead to the place where the cross was hidden by smoke from a fire. It has also has pre-Christian origins, to mark the end of the rainy season. In most places, as in Addis Ababa, the festival is celebrated on the eve.
30 November, Mariam Tsion Axum: To commemorate the finding of our lady Zion (Mariam Tsion) church in Axum, probably the first christian church in sub-Saharan Africa. Up to 100,000 pilgrims take part.
05 October, Irecha: Thanks giving Ceremony of the Oromo people, to mark the end of rains. Celebrated everywhere, near Addis Ababa it is celebrated at Lake Hora, in Debre Zeit or Bishoftu.
Ashenda is a unique Tigraian traditional festival which takes place in August to mark the ending of fasting called filseta. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people in the state of Tigrai in northern Ethiopia. The name of the festival “Ashenda” comes from the name of a tall grass that the girls make in to a skirt and wear it around their waist as decoration.
Fichchee Chambalala is an anniversary celebrated by the Sidama people as a New Year event. The calendar is based on an outcome of unreserved innovative efforts of selected knowledgeable and highly respected people who were actively involved in profound study of the solar system.