Uniqeness Of Ethiopia

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  • Ethiopia is one of the first African state to register 10 sites as heritage by UNESCO and about 4 more sites are to waiting for approval.
  • The Kaffa region of Ethiopia is generally regarded to be where the Arabica strain of the coffee plant originates from, and where it was first cultivated. Now coffee apart from being the back bone of Ethiopia’s economy it is also the days to day cultural attribute of the people. For that reason Ethiopians are know by having a coffee ceremony tradition practiced by every house hold.  
  • In 1582, the Christian world as a whole dropped the established Julian calendar in favor of the revised Gregorian calendar. Ethiopia did not and never has! As a consequence, Ethiopia is seven years and eight months ‘behind’ the rest of the Christian world. The calendar consists of 12 months of 30 days each and an extra month of five days in duration (six days in leap years). The first month of the Ethiopian year, Meskerem, more or less coincides with September. Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11 or 12. 
  • Ethiopia is the only African state which has its own written language called “Amharic” with its alphabets numbering more or less 210.
  • Ethiopia is also the only country in Africa which has been independent from the agenda of colonization by defeating the Italian troop in the battle of Adwa in 1886.
  • Ethiopia is the first African country to be represented by its King, Emperor Haileselasse in the League of Nations and even in the United nations.
  • Ethiopia is the first African state to receive Christianity in 320 AD and also precedes many nations in Europe too.
  • Good new for religious people, the ancient city of Axum which was a site of great civilizations is also the religious center for Ethiopian Orthodox church as the first ever existed Christine church was built here in the 4th century. The site now is believed to host the original ark of the covenant with rich historical links and evidences in the city.

 

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