Ethiopians have been celebrating their Millennium seven years after the rest of the world, as they follow the Coptic calendar.
The ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church has run a separate calendar since a major change in the 6th Century.
Buying and selling of goats and sheep is an Ethiopian holiday tradition, here at one of the largest markets in Addis Ababa.
The Millennium has generated huge enthusiasm among some Ethiopians and souvenirs like these novelty sunglasses.
Young Ethiopians celebrate as midnight passes. US band the Black Eyed Peas was one of the main attractions.
PM Meles Zenawi said the Millennium was the "end of the dark ages", but many live in poverty, sleeping rough in the capital.