Monday, January 11, 2010

Coptic Calendar Antics

I am certain that we are not the only people in the history of the world to be tripped up by Pope Gregory XIII's papal decree in 1582 to reform the calendar. The Alexandrians said "no thank you" to his pressing desire to have Easter land before April 21, and preferred a calendar that gradually goes out of whack with what the real moon is up to. It makes for interesting cocktail discussion. For example, Aberash called me last week to inform me that they were celebrating Christmas eve, January 3rd style.

So, now we are the beneficiaries of the orthodox church's stubborn refusal to accept the Gregorian calendar.

We just learned that our court date is not tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow is January 12. However, it is not January 12 in Ethiopia. Our adoption agency forgot to consider this when they told us January 12 was our court date.

Next Wednesday, January 20, it will be January 12 in Ethiopia. Actually, next Wednesday it will be January 12, 2002 in Ethiopia. Hopefully, we won't have to wait until it is January 12, 2009 in Ethiopia.

If it helps, check out this handy Ethiopian calendar converter. It might just come in handy when you are planning your next cross-cultural office party.


Steve said...

Craziness, Joel! Good luck with the adoption. I have a recently adopted cousin from Ethiopia - Lydia. She's adorable and has adjusted well to her new home in Wisconsin with her new 3 brothers.

DT said...

So you probably will have to celebrate The Theophany twice from now on. And you Protestants didn't even celebrate at all this year!!

Well, at least you have a couple new people with whom to celebrate.

Julie Ann Fee said...

very witty.