In honoring Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) Celebration, I present an excerpt from an article published on The global S.E.E Africa Magazine about Timket and a video showing the highlights of Ketera (The eve of Ethiopian Epiphany) in Gondar.
” Timket is centuries – old but still existing spectacular tradition of Epiphany celebration that displays great worship. It is the holiest Ethiopian Orthodox Christians festival commemorating the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in river Jordan.”
” Timket is three days festival. The annual Timket celebration takes place across Ethiopia on January 19th (20th in a leap year). It is during Ketera (Eve of Timket) that the holy Tabots (replica of the ark of covenant) is taken from the altars of every church, being carried by priests, escorted by devotees in huge colorful procession to the main sites of the festival around water – baptismal pool known as Timkete Bahir. “