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Ethiopia: Orthodox Christians celebrate epiphany

Patriarch says celebration is reminder for peace, compassion and love

Addis Getachew   | 20.01.2020
Ethiopia: Orthodox Christians celebrate epiphany Ethiopian Christians gather to celebrate Epiphany at Bole Airport Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 18, 2019. ( Minasse Wondimu Hailu - Anadolu Agency )


Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Monday celebrated Epiphany (Timket) that symbolizes the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.

The Ethiopian Epiphany celebration was registered by UNESCO as Intangible World Heritage last year.

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch Abune Mathias said in a benediction that the celebration was a reminder for the need for peace, compassion and love.

Epiphany is a two-day celebration in Ethiopia as on the eve Holy Tablets (Tabots) are carried out from churches to pitch overnight at tents.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Baptism of Jesus

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - JANUARY 19: Ethiopian Orthodox Christians attend the Timkat celebrations, which marks the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, at Medhane Alem Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 19, 2020. ( Mınasse Wondımu Haılu - Anadolu Agency )

On the Day of Epiphany, holy water is sprinkled on the laity by the clergy and the Holy Tablets are returned to their respective churches with crowds singing spiritual songs.

Also, unmarried people go out in their best clothes and look for future spouses.

Raw meat, honey wine, hot chicken stew called ‘doro wot’ and homemade bread are traditional treats.

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