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Local Ethiopians including Gelaye Berhe, left, listen to a sermon at St. Gebriel Church in Seattle on September 9, 2007, the Sunday before the new millennium. Ethiopians all over the world will celebrate the new millennium on September 12, 2007 (Meskerem 1, 2000 Ethiopian calendar). The Ethiopian calendar is much more similar to the Egyptian Coptic calendar having a year of 13 months. The Ethiopian calendar divides the year into 12 months of 30 days each, plus a thirteenth month of 5 days and one extra day during a leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is very much influenced by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which adheres to its ancient calendar rules. The Ethiopian calendar is always seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian and Eastern Orthodox Church calendars from September to December and eight years and four months behind, from January to August.

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