ETHIOPIAN TIMKET(ETHIOPIAN EPIPHANY)

ETHIOPIAN TIMKET(ETHIOPIAN EPIPHANY) It is the most colorful festival of the year celebrated for the memorandum of Christ’s baptism. The religious ceremony is best known for it is the combination of old and New Testament, which is unique to Ethiopia now a day.

The church Tabots (replica of Ark of the Covenant) are taken to a nearby body of water on the afternoon of the eve. During the night, the priests and faithful participate in a vigil around the Tabots. The following morning, the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, the splashed on to them; religious vows are renewed. The Tabots is then paraded back to the church accompanied by much singing and dancing. Gondar is considered the best place to be on Timket.