Timket (Epiphany)

Timket, feast of Epiphany is the greatest festival of the year falling on the 19th of January, two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is a three-day affair beginning on the eve of Timket,it is marked by the procession of the tabots(the replicas of the Ark of Moses ) around all orthodox churches. The following morning the great day itself, Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist is commemorated and to commemorate people bathe in the lakes and splash water over the onlooker.

After the ceremony, the tabots are taken back to the churches in procession, accompanied by singing, drumming, the ringing of bells and blowing of trumpets. More religious ceremony takes place the following day, dedicated to the Archangel Mikael, after which the priests are fed by their parishioners and young people continue to celebrate in the night.

Best place to witness this festival: Gondor, Lalibela, Axum and Addis abeba.

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