At the religious grounds of Jan Hoy Meda in the northern sector of Addis Ababa, many thousands of clergy and worshippers celebrated the season of Epiphany on Monday and Tuesday (18-19 January).
At the religious grounds of Jan Hoy Meda in the northern sector of Addis Ababa, many thousands of clergy and worshippers celebrated the season of Epiphany on Monday and Tuesday (18-19 January). Emperor Haile Selassie joined with other worshippers in the celebrations.
Epiphany is one of the great holy days of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and each year the Church Government, and the people of the country celebrate it in a borate ceremony, folk dances, and feasts. The religious season of Epiphany commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan, and is a time whom followers celebrate their spiritual birthday.
In Ethiopia the Eve of Epiphany is known as Ketera... a time when tabots (Arks of the Covenant) are carried in triumphal procession from their churches to safe overnight resting places... usually near river banks. It is also a time of fasting.
The Feast of Epiphany, known locally as Timket, sees the end of the night of vigil, and the symbolic re-enactment of Christ's baptism as the clergy bless the water in a holy spring and sprinkle it over the faithful. After a final round of prayer, the Arks of the Covenant are borne back to their respective churches.
The religious celebrations were conducted by the Action Patriarch... Abuna Theophilos... and attended by members of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and representatives of other faiths.