Here’s the earliest US Enkutatash celebration I know about. I was lucky enough to celebrate Enkutatash in San Jose two years ago, for the Millennium celebration and it was an incredible time.
The Ethiopian New year, is a family and community gathering festival where families and friends, the elderly and the young, and others from all walks of life will gather to celebrate Ethiopian New Year. ENKUTATASH, which means the “gift of jewels”, is an important festival in the lives of Ethiopians and its celebration dates back to the days of Queen Sheba. After three months of heavy rain, spring comes creating a beautiful clear fresh atmosphere in Ethiopia. The highlands turn to be gold as the daisies burst to into flower. Ethiopians welcome their New Year in festivities with food at the center surrounded by family and friends. The San Jose Ethiopian Community Services, Inc. in collaboration with the Oakland Ethiopian Community and Cultural Center bring ENKUTATASH to the San Jose Guadalupe River Park to host the Ethiopian Community in the Bay Area.
When: September 6, 2009, 11 am
Where: GAUDALUPE RIVER PARK @ HP PAVILLION
DOWNTOWN- SAN JOSE (SANTA CLARA & AUTUMN ST.)
If you know of an Enkutatash celebration planned for your community, please drop me a line so we can share with the larger EOR community–thanks!