The Ethiopian New Year and the Feast of St John the Baptist are honored on 1st September in the Ethiopian calendar (11 September Gregorian calendar, or September 12 during a leap year). There are three days of prayers, sermons, and hymns along with processions. The big main event takes place in; the Raguel Church at the top of Entoto Mountain is also a popular venue.
Enkutatash literally means “gift of jewels” and marks the return of the Queen of Sheba from her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem, welcomed back by her chiefs, who refilled her treasury with Jewels. Enkutatash also signals the end of the big rains prompting dancing and singing to celebrate the arrival of spring in the now green countryside.