ከተራ /Ketera 2007/2015 : St. Urael Church Ethiopian Orthodox Ketera, eve of Epiphany / Timket colorfu


ደብረ ፅጌ ቅዱሰ ዑራኤል ቤተክርስትያን ከተራ የከተራ በዓል ታህሳስ 10 ፡ 2007 ዓ.ም አዲስ አበባ ፡ ኢትዮጵያ
Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket) Celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Feast of Timkat is the most important Christian holiday in Ethiopia. Timkat (baptism), is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. It celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

On the eve of Timkat, clergy wear ceremonial robes, men and women don traditional white clothing (shamma), and children wear colorful clothes and crowns to partake in the festive processions. The Tabot, a symbol of the Ark of Covenant containing the 10 Commandments, is wrapped in luxurious clothing and taken out of the church in procession on the head of the priest. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated near a body of Holy water early in the morning after which the water is blessed and sprinkled on the faithful gathered. Many choose to immerse themselves in the Holy water, thereby, symbolically renewing their baptism. Following the ceremony, the Tabot is taken back to church in a colorful procession.

Timkat is celebrated on the 10th day of Terr on the Ethiopian calendar, which corresponds to Jan. 19 (or Jan. 20 in Leap Year) in the Gregorian calendar.