Epiphany Celebrated in Ethiopia - In Pictures

Epiphany Celebrated in Ethiopia - In Pictures Epiphany Celebrated in Ethiopia

The annual Timkat festival, an Orthodox Christian celebration of Epiphany, remembers the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river. During the festival, tabots, models of the Ark of the Covenant, are taken from churches around the city of Gondar and paraded through the streets to Fasilides Bath.

A priest carries a picture of Christ on the cross as final preparations are made as Timkat celebrations get under way

A priest carries a picture of Christ on the cross as final preparations for Timkat are made

Orthodox priests carry a Tabot during a procession through Gondar

Orthodox priests carry a tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, on a procession through Gondar

Worshippers walk through the city’s streets singing and praying

Worshippers sing and pray as they walk through the city’s streets

Two women pose by the trees in Gondar before the festival begins

Two women pose by the trees before the festival begins

A woman prays next to a large Ethiopian flag and a picture of Christ outside a church

A woman prays next to a large Ethiopian flag and a picture of Christ outside a church

Members of the clergy attend mass at Fasilides Bath, a swimming pool that is filled especially for the occasion

Members of the clergy attend mass at Fasilides Bath, a swimming pool filled specially for the occasion

The bath, or pool, was commissioned by former Ethiopian emperor Fasilides in the 17th century

The pool was commissioned by Ethiopia’s 17-century emperor Fasilides

Playing the drums in the procession

Drummers join the procession

Local boys clean large cooking pots ahead of the festival

Boys clean large cooking pots in preparation for the festival

A picture of the three Kings is displayed on cloth decorated with flowers on Debre Birhan Selassie church

A picture of the three kings is displayed on cloth decorated with flowers at Debre Birhan Selassie church

Women pray in the grounds of a church

Women pray in the grounds of a church

Priests carry Tabots into the tower at Fasilides Bath

Priests carry tabots into the tower at Fasilides Bath

Women pose for a selfie during the celebration

Women pose for a selfie during the celebration

Young men sing and dance

Young men sing and dance

Worshippers sing and clap during a procession

Worshippers sing and clap during a procession

A young girl watches the procession through Gondar

A young girl watches the procession

A trainee priest looks out from the tower at Fasilides Bath

A trainee priest looks out from the tower at Fasilides Bath

Priests line up ready to enter the tower

Priests queue to enter the tower

Battle scenes are depicted on the wall of the Debre Birhan Selassie church

Battle scenes are depicted on the wall of the Debre Birhan Selassie church

 

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Ethiopian Culture, Timkat festival, Orthodox Ethiopian Christian