እንቁጣጣሽ (Enqutatash) which means “Gift of Jewels” is Ethiopian New Year day and it is celebrated on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar which is September 11 or 12 when it is a leap year on Gregorian calendar. It is also the beginning fall, after the rainy winter season is over and when beautiful flowers are blossoming all over the cities. For Ethiopians this is a month of hope, celebration and exchange of gifts.
This New Year festival has been celebrated for centuries and legends associate it with Queen of Sheba saying that when Queen Sheba returned after visiting King Solomon, her chiefs welcomed her by replenishing her treasury with “Enqu” or jewels
The New Year evening at the end of Pagueme (the leap year) is the feast of Saint John in which torch (Chibo) is lit and neighbors come out and sing and dance together around the torch.
The next day is እንቁጣጣሽ (New Year) is celebrated with exchange of gifts, cards and girls singing አበባየሆሽ (Abebayehosh) in groups and presenting bouquet of flowers, walking from house to house.