Timkat

WP Ethiopia Timket 02Timkat, sometimes spelled Timket, is the Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany, the celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the river of Jordan.

It is celebrated on January 19. Many people gather for the celebration.

WP Ethiopia Timket 01The celebration takes place throughout Ethiopia where the orthodox faith is followed.

WP Ethiopia Timket 03Celebration in Addis Ababa. The divine liturgy is celebrated near a stream or pool early in the morning. The nearby water is blessed

towards dawn and sprinkled on participants, some of whom immerse themselves symbolically renewing the baptism vows.

WP Ethiopia Timket 04During the ceremonies the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, which is present on every

Ethiopian altar is wrapped in rich cloth and born in procession on the head of priests.

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WP Ethiopia Timket 10The clergy wears beautiful robes and also umbrellas.

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Singing and dancing is part of the celebration.

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The priests line up for the dancing.

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Red eyed priests can be seen, as the celebration takes place throughout the night.

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Two priests.

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