• 7th Jan: Ethiopian Christmas or Genna
  • 19th Jan: Ehtiopian Epiphany or Timkat
  • April to May: Ethiopian Easter or Fasika
  • 11th/12th Sept: Ethiopian New Year or Enkutatash
  • 26th Sept: Meskel or the discovery of the True Cross
MUSLIM FESTIVALS (date varies)
  • Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
  • Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)


Being part of religious festivals is the best way to experience the Ethiopian culture since these events play an important role in Ethiopian’s daily life. Thus, many of our travellers try to schedule their trip to coincide with important festivals such as the Ethiopian Christmas (Gennaor the Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash). Most of the religious events in Ethiopia are part of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and even though they are widely celebrated throughout the country, there are unique ceremonies held in important cities such as Timkat in Gondar, Christmas in Lalibela and Meskel in Addis Ababa. Also, the Islamic holidays are celebrated based on the lunar calendar and thus they fall at different dates each year. If you want to witness the faith of Ethiopians during their festivities, we have listed the main religious events with the possibility to be integrated into one of our itineraries.

Note that all itineraries are flexible and they can be modified or combined with other itineraries according to your interest, time and budget.
Please contact us for further information.