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.
08 April, Easter Sunday (This year 2018). 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 festival unique to northern Amhara and Tigray, and is essentially for girls and young women,who take over the roads and towns collecting money in a very good natured way, singing and dancing,for their various associations. It happens in August to mark the end of a period of fasting called ‘filseta’, in honor of the virgin Mary. Ashenda is the Agau word for the long grass the girls wear as a kind of skirt around their waists.
Fichchee Chambalala is a New Year festival celebrated among the Sidama people. According to the oral tradition, Fichee commemorates a Sidama woman who visited her parents and relatives once a year after her marriage, bringing”buurisame”, a meal prepared from false banana , milk and butter,which was shared with neighbors. Fichee has since become a unifying symbol of the Sidama people. Each year, astrologers determine the correct date for the festival,which is then announced to the clans.