For the past three days, Addis Ababa City was surrounded by the halo of Timket holiday spirit. As usual, Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) lasted for three days and it was colorful than ever before. The Eve of Timket called Ketera, which is the day, when the celebration of this astonishing Timket festival officially starts. On Tir 10, 2005 (January 19,2013), every street of Addis Ababa was adorned with the green, yellow and red Ethiopian flag. It was the day when Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) were taken to chosen places.
Earlier on the Ketera day, one of the neighborhoods of Addis Ababa called 22 Mazoria on the way to Megenaga looked like this.
Later in the afternoon, some people started to gather at one of the selected place to welcome the Tabot.
Others accompanied the Tabots, by walking with it all the way to the destination. The journey always adorned with priests who hold decorated sparkling umbrellas, exceptionally dressed children’s of traditional gospel singers of particular orthodox churches, traditional Ethiopian gospel songs and moves. It seems like, almost everyone was out on the street to witness this ‘must-see’ ritual.
During the night, the priests and many faithful followers of the religion, participated in a vigil around the Tabots. The clear sky of Addis Ababa, amazingly shining stars and the beautiful moon, the burning torches and candles surpassed the darkness and made Addis Ababa glow than ever before.
Tir 11,2005 (January 19,2005), the streets of Addis Ababa City was packed with children, men and women who were walking to Jan Meda – where the main festival of Timket takes place- and other selected places, in different kinds of neighborhoods, to attend the event, pray and blessed by the holy water, wearing the Ethiopian traditional clothe called Netela and I was one of them.
Splashed by the holy water.
Though almost every business centers and shops were closed in the Addis Ababa City for Timket holiday, at the festival, there were some people selling stuffs like candles, torches, umbrella, and ‘Ketema’-the freshly cut green grass- which the Ethiopian holidays wouldn’t feel complete with out it.
One of the cute kids of Addis Ababa.
After the main event of the festival, people started to walk back to their homes to celebrate it with the family and of course, the best way we know how ‘Ethiopian Way’. The reputable coffee ceremony is a must, decorating the house by sprinkling Ketema on the floor to bring the freshness and smell of nature inside, and preparing the main traditional holiday Ethiopian Dishes that range from Doro Wot to Tibes which customarily accompanied by Injera (we Ethiopians just can’t live without it).
On the Timket day, all the Tabots are then paraded back to the churches, with the same kind of vibrant process, except the Tabot of Saint Michale church. This particular Tabot remained at the place for another day and this is the reason why the Timket holiday continued for the 3rd day.
That was the highlights of the festivity of Timket holiday in Addis Ababa City hope you enjoyed it.