English Q&A pertaining to ''Computation of days'' taken from our previous archives that effectively complement our recently asked question in Ethiopic.
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Recently my wife gave birth to a baby girl. The baby was born at 03:30AM on 31 of August. Most people that I talked to said August 31, 2007 is Nehase 25,1999 in Ethiopian calendar; however, I and some other people argued that 03:30AM on Aug'31,07 is Nehase 24,1999. The reason given by me and others who supported my idea is that in Ethiopian time calculation new day begins at dawn 06:00am (12:00am) and Nehase 25,1999 begun at dawn 06:00am not 00:00am. So, would you please explain how we Ethiopians calculate our time and when a new day begins.
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Dear Ato Yared:
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First of all, "Congratulations!" to you and your wife for having a new baby girl.
We apologize for the delay of our response caused by our busy schedule.
According to our Ethiopian system of computation of time, your baby was born on Friday, Nehassie 25, 1999 (August 31, 2007). This is because we count the day of the 24 hours, from the first instant of the time past midnight to the last instant of the time of the coming midnight. Even if we set and express the time of the birth of your baby to be kelelitu be9 se'at tekkul, again this is because it was still the extension of the night that had already begun at 1:00 o'clock last evening, Ethiopian Time, and was coming to end at dawn, i.e., keT'watu 12:00 se'at. However, the new day of Nehassie 25, 1999 that was inaugurated 3 and half hours before the daybreak, continued its course to the morning, and in the whole daylight, and finally half of the nighttime until the next midnight, as explained above.
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