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In pictures: Ethiopian Millennium

A man with a flag celebrates the Millennium

Ethiopians have been celebrating their Millennium seven years after the rest of the world, as they follow the Coptic calendar.

Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa

The ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church has run a separate calendar since a major change in the 6th Century.

Goats being sold and bought at the market in Addis Ababa

Buying and selling of goats and sheep is an Ethiopian holiday tradition, here at one of the largest markets in Addis Ababa.

A man wears novelty sunglasses

The Millennium has generated huge enthusiasm among some Ethiopians and souvenirs like these novelty sunglasses.

Young Ethiopians celebrating the Millennium

Young Ethiopians celebrate as midnight passes. US band the Black Eyed Peas was one of the main attractions.

Children sleeping in the street in Addis Ababa

PM Meles Zenawi said the Millennium was the "end of the dark ages", but many live in poverty, sleeping rough in the capital.




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