Wednesday, 12 September 2007

'Better late than never for millenium party...'

Ethiopia had waited more than seven and a half years to join the third millenium so a three-hour delay last night was not going to spoil the party... Last night's celebrations were the result of a quirk of Ethiopia's calendar. It's new year is timed to coincide with the Nile floods in Egypt, and the Ethiopian Church has steadfastly refused to accept a 5th-century recalaculation of the date of Christ's birth. So while the rest of the Christian world believes that 2007 years have elapsed since the nativity, Ethiopia reached 2000 only last night.'

For more, see: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article2434629.ece.

2 comments:

hoi polloi said...

Good for them.

FilmNoir23 said...

Saw nice coverage on BBC news, and National Public Radio did a story as well. Regular network and cable news I saw no mention of this at all...typical here