Timket (Epiphany)


Timket (Epiphany)

Celebrated on the 18th, 19th & 20th of January, it is the most impressive religious gathering in commemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River

Celebrated on the 18th, 19th & 20th of January, it is the most impressive religious gathering in commemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by St. John the Baptist and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land.

On Timket churches will bring out replica of the covenant carried by a monk priest covered with beautifully decorated silk cloth commonly known as golden dresses. The replicas are then taken from the church to a nearby location usually near a water source where Sunday school students, priests and believers sing in worship and praise of God’s glory. Even though the holiday is celebrated all over Ethiopia Gondar is known for hosting the most colorful and exceptionally magnificent Epiphany procession ceremony. The ceremony takes place in one of the historical attractions known as King Fasiledes bath, registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site.