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The prominent festivals in Ethiopia have been one of the most important factors contributing to the increasing number of visitors. Ethiopian Christmas, the joy of giving and sharing, extends beyond religious beliefs and spreads the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind throughout the world. It is popularly celebrated on the 7th of January as Ethiopians follow the Julian Calendar. The Feast of Epiphany, on the 19th of January, Meskel, the Finding of the True Cross (an old Christian festival that has been celebrated in Ethiopia for over 1600 years), on 27th of September are also among the highly popular festivities that have already attracted many tourists from across the world.