With a much anticipated, high-stakes election just a few months away, Ethiopian Christians on Tuesday celebrated their own unique Christmas celebration based on an ancient calendar.

Ethiopia, a country that has its own alphabet and calendar system, is unique in that not only Orthodox Christians but all Christian denominations observe Christmas in January, on the 7th or 8th depending on the leap year.

In a benediction, Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch Abuna Mathias said peace should be foremost on everyone’s mind as the country prepares for elections.

Violence and killing are being common in many parts in Ethiopia

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