Timket (Epiphany)

 
Timket (Epiphany)

January 19th

Timket (Epiphany) January 19 The Ethiopian celebration ofTimket (also known as Epiphany), is a symbolic reenactment of the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. For Ethiopian OrthodoxChristians, it serves as a renewal of their baptismal vows.*Timket *is a two-day festival, starting the day before, when the church*tabot* (replica of the Ark of the Covenant) is taken from the church to a nearby location, usually near a body of water. This is representative of Jesus coming to the River Jordan. The*tabot *spends the night in this location while the priests and other faithful hold a vigil through the night. In the morning the water is blessed and is then sprinkled on the gatherers (or they may choose to bathe in the water), renewing their baptismal vows. Long parades then carry the *tabot*back home to the church while the revelers sing and dance. Gondar is a popular place to experience*Timket*, as the Bath of Fasilidas which is once filled with water for timket celebration, provides a stunning backdrop for the festivities.