September 11th, 2007, marks the start of a new millennium in Ethiopia. Ethiopia uses the Coptic, or Julian, calendar, which is seven years behind the Gregorian calendar used here in the US of A. The new year begins on Meskerem 1 - September 11 on our calendar. Further craziness caused by this: Kara and I got married and had a child in 1999, despite the fact that the events happened almost exactly 8 years apart (our anniversary is August 14th, 1999.) Kara's note: Our daughter's birth certificate, prepared in Amharic and English, lists her birth year as 1999.