1. Enkutatesh (New Year Celebration); it is the celebration of Ethiopian New Year which falls every year Meskerem 1st (September 1st Ethiopian Calendar) or September 11th or 12th (Gregorian Calendar) depending on the leap year.
2. Meskel (the finding of the true cross) Masqal is said to be in memory of the finding of the true cross by Empress Eleni of Ethiopia.
3. Hidar Tsion (St. Mary celebration in Axum); it is colorfully celebrated every year November 30. The celebration takes place for the coming of the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia. It was also on this day the first historical St. Mary church was built with 12 sanctuaries.
4. Genna (Christmas) officially known by the Church as Baal Lidet (Ethiopian Christmas) is on the 7th of January.
5. Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany), which falls on the 19th of January is the day when Christians celebrate the baptism of Christ.
This is the greatest festival of the year, falling on 19 January, just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is actually a three-day affair, beginning on the Eve of Timkat with dramatic and colorful processions. The following morning the great day itself, Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist is commemorated. The third day is devoted to the Feast of St. Michael, the archangel, one of Ethiopia’s most popular saints.
6. Hosanna (Palm Sunday); it is celebrated before a week of Easter. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ with the disciples into Jerusalem. People welcomed Jesus by spreading palm branches. The best place to observe this ceremony is at Entoto St. Mary in Addis Ababa and St. Mary Zion Church in Axum.
7. Fasika (Easter), it is the celebration of Jesus Christ resurrection. This festival is observed after 55 days of fasting.