Timkat, Epiphany - A Huge Celebration in Ethiopia

Timkat, Epiphany - A Huge Celebration in Ethiopia

A Major celebration of Ethiopian Orthodox Church held on January 19th (or 20th on Leap Year), Timkat celebrates the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. 

This festival is best known for its ritual reenactment of baptism. 


During the ceremonies of Timkat, “the Tabot” (a model of the Ark of the Covenant, which is present on every Ethiopian altar) is reverently wrapped in rich cloth and born in procession on the head of the priest.

By noon on Timkat Day, a large crowd has assembled at the ritual site, and the Holy Ark is escorted back to its church in a colorful procession.

The best place to see the Timkat (Epiphany) celebration is in the city of Gonder, which is the only and one city to get all forty four Tabot (Ark) together in the ceremony. It takes place in what used to be Fassiledes castle's swimming pool, but now it’s a symbol of the Jordan River to baptize the Christians.

It is one of the must see celebration in Ethiopia.


Travel tip shared by EthioWings


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