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Epiphany celebration in Gondar cultural night clubs

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Timket is an Epiphany ceremony held by Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churches and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Churches. It is observed on the 19th of January (or the 20th in a leap year), which corresponds to the Ge’ez calendar’s 11th day of Terr.

Timkat commemorates Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan River. The ritual recreation of baptism is the highlight of this festival (similar to such reenactments performed by numerous Christian the Holy Land when they visit the Jordan).

The Tabot, a representation of the Ark of the Covenant that is situated on every Ethiopian altar (similar to the Western altar stone) is lovingly wrapped in expensive fabric and carried in procession on the priest’s head during the Timkat rites. The Tabot, which is rarely viewed by the general public, depicts Jesus’ appearance at the Jordan for baptism as the Messiah. Early in the morning, the Divine Liturgy is held by a stream or pool (around 2 a.m.). The neighboring body of water is then blessed and sprinkled on the participants as dawn approaches, with some of them entering the water and immersing themselves, symbolically reaffirming their baptismal vows.

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