Timkat (also known as Timket) is an Orthodox Christian celebration of the Ethiopian Epiphany. It marks the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River.
Pilgrims come from far and wide to take part in the festival and witness the re-enactment of the baptism. All over the country large crowds assemble as the religious festivities commence, with spectacular processions, song, dance and prayer.
The festival lasts for three days and is at its most colorful in the capital, Addis Ababa, where everyone gets involved in the celebrations.
The festival takes place in Ethiopia every year on January 19th (or January 20th on leap years), starting with Meter (preparations) the day before, and it lasts for three days.
The religious ceremony commences on the first day when models of the Ark of the Covenant, called Tarots, are carried to the river in a procession led by the most senior priest of each church, who carry the arks on top of their heads. At dawn the water is blessed and sprinkled on the participants, some of whom jump in the water to renew their baptismal vows.
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