Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) Festival 2017
Starts: Tuesday, 17 January, 2017 04:00am
Ends: Friday, 20 January, 2017 07:00am
In Ethiopia, The Orthodox Tewahedo Church ceremonies are unique and impressive, especially Timket(which is inscribed in UNESCO very recently) and Meskel festivals which provide colourful ceremonies and celebrations. People dress in traditional costume and celebrate festivals across the country with colourful unique ceremonies such as Enkutatash (New Year), Meskel (Finding of the True Cross), Ledet (Christmas), Timket (Epiphany) and Fasika (Easter). In these seasons, especial food and drink are plentiful, musicians play and people dance and sing.
Timket festival or Epiphany in Ethiopia is the ritual of reliving the actual baptism of Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. This anniversary is the most significant one within the Ethiopian Orthodox divinity. It is celebrated on Terr 10 of Ethiopian Calendar, which falls on Jan 19 or 20 (leap Year) in the Gregorian calendar. It’s a three days long celebration which is held by Christians all over the country.
Celebrating the Baptism of Christ, every January 19th (January 20th during leap year), Timkat is the greatest colourful festival of Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia. It celebrates the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. Timkat is a three-day affair and all the ceremonies are conducted with great pomp. The eve of Timket is called Ketera.
Celebrate Timket festival in Gonder, Lalibela and Axum with Lalibela Eco Trekking Tours. We will combine Timket festival with other activities in the northern Ethiopia.