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        Monday, September 11, 2006
        Ethiopian New year after 9/11
        The first three years after 9/11, I simply pushed Ethiopian New Year away because it just felt wrong to be jubilant. I particularly didn't want the kids to go to school squeaking "It’s our New Year!" and create unnecessary confusion. Celebrating it quietly at home felt like sneaking…. The last two years, I chose to tweak the calendar and celebrate on the 12th.

        This year I did a lot of soul searching and decided to say Happy 1999 to all Ethiopians on the right day. Imagine what a (more) miserable world it would be if we cease to celebrate because of disasters – man made or natural. My heart goes out to the thousands of people who lost loved ones on 9/11. This video clip of Maya Angelou made it alright for me to remember 9/11 while celebrating my new year. Thanks Sokari.
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