Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia colorfully celebrate Ethiopian Epiphany –Timket (+Video)
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) –Millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians colorfully celebrated the annual Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) throughout Ethiopia.
Timkat, one of the greatest colorful festivals of Orthodox Christians, usually celebrated on January 19 every year but falls on January 20 this year due to a leap year according to the Ethiopian calendar. The festival is observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s baptism in River Jordan. The celebration starts on the eve of the main festival. The eve is known as ’Ketera’
Every year, the Tabots of each church are carried out in procession to a river or pool of water where the next day’s celebration will take place. A special tent is set up where each Tabot rests as members of the church choirs chant hymns that accompanied by a special dance of priests with their prayer sticks and sistera, the beating of drums, ringing of bells, and blowing of trumpets.
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