Enkutatash is the first day of the New Year in the Ethiopian calendar, which is based on the Coptic calendar. Traditionally, it's associated with the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia after her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem in 980 BCE.
On Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Columbus Ethiopian American community is celebrating Enkutatash with a community festival at the Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Road.
The day of multicultural awareness and community building will include a talk by a renowned Ethiopian historian Ato Shifferaw Enkubahire about the mystery of the 13th month of the ancient calendar, a ritual and ceremony of the new year, the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and a cultural lunch.
The festival will also include outdoor children's games sponsored by YMCA of Central Ohio, inflatables from the Columbus Crew, a multicultural fashion show, a youth choir recital, dancing, and a drumming performance by Tony West and the Imani Dancers.
The event is organized by Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services and sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Thirty-One Gifts, the Columbus Crew, YMCA of Central Ohio, the Buckeye Ranch, and WBNS 10 TV.
Advance adult tickets for $15 can be ordered online or by calling Laura Berger, ETSS Director of Development, at (614) 252-5362. Tickets for children under 10 are $5. Adult tickets at the door are $20.