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Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) Celebration at Gondar; January 19

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Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) Celebration at Gondar; January 19

Time: January 18, 2013 to January 20, 2013
Location: Gondar Northern Ethiopia
Street: Gondar Town
City/Town: Gondar Ethiopia
Website or Map: http://www.fanosethiopiatours…
Event Type: spiritual, festival, ethiopian, orthodox, church
Organized By: FANOS Ethiopia Tours
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2012

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The festival of Timket falls on January 19 every year. It is observed to commemorate the baptizing of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Timket is one of the biggest and most fascinating annual holiday’s celebrations of the year in Ethiopia. The celebration starts on the eve of the main festival. The eve is known as ‘ketera’ to mean to make a dam as it is usual to make a dam in some places where there is no enough river water for the celebration of Timket. On the afternoon of Ketera, the Tabots (Ark of Covenant) from each church are taken to a significant water body. Accompanied by a great ceremony, each Tabot is carried overhead by a high priest. It is taken to spend the night there. This helps to perform the Timket ceremony early in the morning, the time when Christ was baptized. The ritual ceremony extends throughout the night. Early in the morning, the Timket celebration  starts with the pre-sun rise rituals including the Kidan (Morning Prayer) and the Kidasie (the mass).

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