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Semir Worku | Ethiopia | January 5

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Timket (Epiphany) in January

TimketTimket is Ethiopian language for Epiphany. The holiday commemorating Christ's baptism in the River Jordan is of special significance in Ethiopia. It is the most important and colorful event of the year. Timket is celebrated in Ethiopia on 19 January beginning on the Eve of Timket with colorful processions and ceremonies ending on the 20th of January.

Although the festival is largely religious, it has no lack of secular elements such as partying and match-making. In Timket, Tella and Tej are brewed, special bread is baked, and sheep are slaughtered to mark the three-day celebration.

Best place to witness this festival: Gonder, Lalibela, Addis Ababa or Axum.

 

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