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Timket

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August 25, 2019

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Timket, which means Baptism, is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. It is celebrated on January 19 corresponding to the 10th day of Terr following the Ethiopian calendar. In the eve of the holyday, the holy Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, is taken from each church to a central area accompanied by priests bearing prayer sticks followed by keen believers ringing bells, blowing trumpets and carrying incense burners.  By noon on Timket Day, a large crowd assembles at the ritual site and the Holy Ark is escorted back to its church in colorful procession and festivities. The clergy, bearing robes and umbrellas of many hues, perform rollicking dances and songs; the elders march solemnly with their weapons, attended by middle-ages men singing a long-drawn. Fasilides’ bath in Gondar is the best place to experience the colorful celebration of Timket It is hilarious see hundreds of pilgrims jump into the water of Fasilides bath at the end of the celebration.

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