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Timkat Epiphany Festival

Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox Churches celebration of Epiphany. Celebrated on the 18th to 19th of January annually or the 20th January during a leap year. Pilgrims travel for days to the churches at which the celebrations begin. The local priests begin proceedings with a long procession of the Tabot (a replica of the ark of the covenant),

which is draped in multicoloured cloth and born slowly around the towns and villages preceded by the debteras (church choirs) and keberos (church drums) chanting and singing.

The Tabot is then placed in a white tent over night by a body of water while priests dressed in blue vestments with gold brocade and pilgrims pray and sing till morning. Early in the morning the priests then bless the body of water before worshippers enter the water in a ritual re-enactment of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. For Orthodox Christians Timkat is the symbolic renewal of the baptism pledges. After the Divine Liturgy, at around midday, the Tabot is then escorted back to the church and pilgrims depart for feasts around the town or village.

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