Also known as Liddet or Gena, (which comes from the word
Gennana (eminent) and expresses the coming of the Lord to free mankind of its sins.)
the holiday actually begins at sundown of the 6th of January with a night long church service.
The Gregorian calendar celebrates Christmas on the 25th of December while Ethiopian Christmas falls on January the 7th - a hot summer's day, since Ethiopia still keeps the Julian calendar, which is seven years and eight months behind Gregorian calendar.
While excitement over Christmas festivities dies down in other parts of the world in Ethiopia it is just beginning.