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Ethiopian Churches In Seattle Area Celebrate Epiphany

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Six Ethiopian churches came together over the weekend to celebrate the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s Epiphany in Mount Baker.

The two-day holiday, called Timket, serves as a celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

On Saturday, hundreds of people walked in a procession with a replica of the Ark of the Covenant from South Walker Street along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South to Kings Hall for Ketera, the religious service that commemorates the eve of Epiphany.

Sunday-school students gather outside of King’s Hall for the celebration (PHOTO: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Sunday-school students gather outside of King’s Hall for the celebration

Timket services began at 2 a.m. Sunday and featured book readings, songs, celebrations and prayers. The religious holiday concluded with a large baptism Sunday around noon.

The actual day for Ketera (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016) and Timket (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016) were celebrated last week in Ethiopia, but the Seattle community celebrated over the weekend.