Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Sticking to their age-old tradition, Ethiopians were Wednesday celebrating their New Year 2006 with religious ceremonies and merrymaking around the country.
President Girma Woldegiorgis has conveyed his best wishes to all citizens and expressed the hope that 2006 “will be a year of peace and prosperity for all Ethiopians”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also wished all Ethiopians and Ethiopian-born foreign citizens a happy and prosperous New Year.
In its message, the Ministry said it “hopes the New Year will be a year in which Ethiopians living at home or abroad will redouble their efforts to support their country’s development efforts”.
The ministry was optimistic that “2006 of the Ethiopian Calendar will be a year when our efforts to bring lasting peace and stability throughout our sub-region will bear fruit”.