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Timkat: the festival of the baptism Each year on January 19, Timkat, or the festival of Epiphany, commemorates the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. This holiday, more lavish than Christmas, is celebrated with the most pageantry in Lalibela, the "Black Jerusalem" . A Photo story by Christophe Boisvieux/LightMediation - A longer text is available -


2619-24: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.

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2619-01: Rock-hewn church of Bieta Giyorgis (12-13th century), Lalibela, Ethiopia

2619-02: Bridge leading to the fortified church of Bieta Gabriel and Rufael, Lalibela, Ethiopia

2619-03: Passage leading to the rock-hewn church of Bieta Abba Libanos, Lalibela, Ethiopia

2619-04: Church of Bieta Abba Libanos (12-13th century), Lalibela, Ethiopia


2619-05: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Call for the holy mass on the eve of Timkat. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The

2619-06: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, Timkat mass . Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of

2619-07: thiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, The archbishop of Lalibela blessing the faithful

2619-08: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, Orthodox christian nuns. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival


2619-40: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.


2619-09: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, Christian devotee. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the

2619-10: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival

2619-11: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival

2619-12: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Timkat festival, Departure of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the


2619-13: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Timkat festival, Departure of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the

2619-14: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Timkat festival, Departure of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the

2619-15: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival

2619-16: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.


2619-17: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

2619-18: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Cross holder. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

2619-19: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

2619-20: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.


2619-21: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Christian orthodox priest. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in

2619-22: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

2619-23: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

2619-24: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.


2619-02: Bridge leading to the fortified church of Bieta Gabriel and Rufael, Lalibela, Ethiopia


2619-25: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, High priest carrying the church Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of

2619-26: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, High priests carrying the church Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of

2619-27: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Entrance of the Tabots in the tent where they will be kept for the night. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany.

2619-28: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Young priest blowing a horn to mark the arrival of the Tabots at the end of the first day of Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of


2619-29: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing crowd. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

2619-30: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Orthodox priests going round the cross shaped pool where the baptism will take place. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the

2619-31: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Orthodox priests in prayer before the cross shaped pool where the baptism will take place. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of

2619-32: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of


2619-17: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.


2619-33: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of

2619-34: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of

2619-35: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the

2619-36: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the


2619-37: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the

2619-38: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the

2619-39: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the

2619-40: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the


2619-52: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.


2619-41: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, High priest carrying a Tabot. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in

2619-42: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Cheerful crowd. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

2619-43: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

2619-44: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Cross holder. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan


2619-45: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance of the Dabtaras (choristers). Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the

2619-46: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance of the Dabtaras (choristers). Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the

2619-47: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance of the Dabtaras (choristers). Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the

2619-48: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, The archbishop of Lalibela leading the dance of the Dabtaras. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival


2619-49: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing devotees. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

2619-50: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Christian orthodox priest. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in

2619-51: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of

2619-52: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival


2619-53: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival

2619-54: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival

2619-55: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

2619-56: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the


2619-07: thiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, The archbishop of Lalibela blessing the faithful Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.


2619-57: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the

2619-58: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the

2619-59: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Crowd watching the return of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The

2619-61: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the


Lalibela - Timkat: the festival of the baptism. Each year on January 19, Timkat, or the festival of Epiphany, commemorates the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. This holiday, more lavish than Christmas, is celebrated with the most pageantry in Lalibela, the "Black Jerusalem" founded in the 13th century in the heart of the high Abyssinian plateaus. The evening before Timkat, the Tabots ? replicas of the Ark of the Covenant ? leave the many monolithic churches of the city with great pomp. Kept out of sight of laymen the rest of the year, enshrouded in rich brocade, they are paraded on the heads of the priests to a tent erected next to a pond in the form of a Greek cross. The entire night is devoted to a vigil of prayer and a mass. At the first light of dawn, the archbishop of Lalibela plunges a silver cross into the water, symbolizing the baptism of Christ, before sprinkling the faithful with it. In an indescribable tumult, they rush to the pool to partake in this shower of holy water. Drunk with joy, transported by elation, they symbolically renew their baptismal vows. In the afternoon, the Tabots return to their respective churches in a long procession studded with magnificent, finely carved crosses, accompanied by the songs and dances of the Dabtaras beating the tempo with their sistrums and prayer sticks.


Captions 2619-01: Rock-hewn church of Bieta Giyorgis (12-13th century), Lalibela, Ethiopia 2619-02: Bridge leading to the fortified church of Bieta Gabriel and Rufael, Lalibela, Ethiopia 2619-03: Passage leading to the rock-hewn church of Bieta Abba Libanos, Lalibela, Ethiopia 2619-04: Church of Bieta Abba Libanos (12-13th century), Lalibela, Ethiopia 2619-05: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Call for the holy mass on the eve of Timkat. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-06: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, Timkat mass . Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are

born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-07: thiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, The archbishop of Lalibela blessing the faithful Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-08: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, Orthodox christian nuns. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.

2619-09: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Medhane Alem, Christian devotee. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-10: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-11: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on

the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-12: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Timkat festival, Departure of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-13: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Timkat festival, Departure of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-14: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Church of


Bieta Giyorgis, Timkat festival, Departure of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-15: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-16: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the

priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-17: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-18: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Cross holder. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-19: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the

Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-20: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-21: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Christian orthodox priest. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing

and dancing. 2619-22: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-23: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-24: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The


following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-25: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, High priest carrying the church Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-26: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, High priests carrying the church Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.

2619-27: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Entrance of the Tabots in the tent where they will be kept for the night. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-28: Ethiopia, Lalibela, Young priest blowing a horn to mark the arrival of the Tabots at the end of the first day of Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-29: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing crowd. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the

heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-30: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Orthodox priests going round the cross shaped pool where the baptism will take place. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-31: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Orthodox priests in prayer before the cross shaped pool where the baptism will take place. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.

2619-32: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-33: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-34: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds


gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-35: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-36: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-37: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january

19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-38: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-39: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective

churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-40: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Baptism ceremony. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-41: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, High priest carrying a Tabot. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-42: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Cheerful crowd. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of

water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-43: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-44: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Cross holder. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-45: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance of the Dabtaras (choristers). Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the


Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-46: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance of the Dabtaras (choristers). Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-47: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance of the Dabtaras (choristers). Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the

afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-48: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, The archbishop of Lalibela leading the dance of the Dabtaras. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-49: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing devotees. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-50: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Christian orthodox priest. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian

Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-51: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Singing dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-52: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective

churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-53: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-54: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Ritual dance and chanting of the dabtaras or choristers. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-55: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are


paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-55: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-56: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then

2619-57: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-58: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-59: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Crowd watching the return of the Tabots. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian

Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-60: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Church of Bieta Giyorgis, Traditional Ethiopian shoulder dance or Eskesta. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing. 2619-61: Ethiopia, Lalibela,Timkat festival, Return of the procession and Tabot bearers to the church of Bieta Giyorgis. Every year on january 19, Timkat marks the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. The festival reenacts the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Wrapped in rich cloth, the church Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) are born in procession on the heads of the priests to a neary body of water on the afternoon of the eve of Timkat. The following morning the crowds gather

around the water, which is blessed, then splashed onto them. The Tabots are then paraded back to their respective churches accompanied by much singing and dancing.

Timkat: the festival of the baptism  

Each year on January 19, Timkat, or the festival of Epiphany,commemorates the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. This holiday, more lavi...

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