Ethiopia, also known as the birthplace of the Rastafarian movement, yep that’s right, you probably didn’t know. The country is 1,104,300 sq. km found on the African Continent in a central and eastern position on the Horn of Africa. Addis Ababa, the capital city of the nation, meaning ‘New Flower’ in Amharic is known as the 3rd highest capital city in the world with an altitude of 2,355m (7,726 ft), and home to the African Union.
Abyssinia now Ethiopia is said to be one of the oldest Christain Nations in the world and home to the Black Jews known as the Falashas, or Beta Israel. The only African country to have evaded colonization follows the Julian calendar consisting of 12 months of 30 days each, which is roughly 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar. The sun dictates the time here, as sunrise marks the beginning of the day and the sunset marks the end of the day. What most of the world would call 7:00 and noon/midnight, is referred to as 1:00 and 6:00 respectively by Ethiopians.
Your morning booster and wake-up beverage, coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat Herder and goats during their daily grazing routine. Vegetarians, this is the place for you, enjoy the healthiest and diverse meals, consisting of vegetables, herbs, and grains with minimal consumption of meat in observation of religious practices.
- There are 924 species of birds found in Ethiopia, making it a haven for bird-watchers.
- Ethiopia is home to an old-world monkey-The gelada baboon.
- The land consists of 80 different ethnic groups and 200 dialects, Amharic is most common.
- Claims to hold the Ark of the Covenant
- Bahir Dar is home to the Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia’s biggest attraction
- Gondar Castle or Fasilides Castle was an agriculture and trade center in the 17th century
- Lalibela, the rock-hewn churches is a must-see attraction in Ethiopia