ETHIOPIAN EPIPHANY
TIMKAT
TIMKAT INETHIOPIA




Ethiopian epiphany is a colourful festival celebrated all over Ethiopia
to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the
River Jordan. The commemoration starts on the eve of the main festival
on 18 January. The eve is known as Ketera, which means blocking the flow
of water for the blessing of the celebrants. On the eve of Ketera, people
escort their parish church tabot (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) to
Timkete-Bahir (a pool, river or artificial reservoir), transported by a
priest of the parish and accompanied by a great ceremony. The people spend
the night attending night-long prayers and hymn services, including the
Eucharistic Liturgy. Hundreds of thousands participate in the actual
festival on the following day 19 January.

The celebration starts early in the morning with pre-sunrise rituals. These
are followed by the sprinkling of the blessed water on the congregation, as
well as other ceremonies. At around 10 a.m., each tabot begins its procession
back to its respective church, involving an even more colourful ceremony with
various traditional and religious songs. The viability of the element is
ensured through its continued practice, with Orthodox clergies playing a
pivotal role: they sing the praises dedicated to the rituals and hymns, carry
the Ark, and preach relevant texts.



Ethiopian epiphany
https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/ethiopian-epiphany-01491



Timkat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timkat




Ethiopian Epiphany inscribed in
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

https://borkena.com/2019/12/12/ethiopian-epiphany-inscribed-in-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage/

Epiphany / Timkat in Ethiopia
https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/ethiopia/epiphany



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