Timket – Feast of Epiphany

calendar-blueJanuary 19th

The three day festival of Timket begins 12 days after Genna, celebrating the baptism of Christ.

Ethiopians wear traditional white garments and priests wear red and white ornate robes and carry embroidered umbrellas.

The sistrum (percussion instrument) tinkles, the prayer stick (makamlya) is used to tap out the walking beat and the church officials chant melekets. Sometimes Ethiopian males play yeterais guks (throwing of ceremonial lances whilst on horseback).

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