• Embassy of Ethiopia

Timkat colorfully celebrated in Ethiopia

Ethiopians truly know the essence of celebrations. The country hosts locals and visitors from all over the world dipping them into one of its kind adventure and joyous celebrations known as Timket (baptism). People go outdoors in masses, dressed in their best and white traditional clothing to celebrate and worship.

Exclusive to Ethiopia, the colorful annual street festival is a three day event which starts from 18th of January and is celebrated until the 20th of January. The celebration is to commemorate Christ’s baptism. It dates back to the 16th century and involves laying long red carpets on streets, worshiping, feasting and procession. On the 19th of January people go out in masses to a place called jal meda for the rite of sprinkling water onto their forehead and water to symbolizing Christ’s baptism.