Timket (Feast of the Ethiopian Epiphany, 19 January)

This is an extremely three days festival commemorating Christ’s baptism and the most colorful event in the year when churches parade their Tabots to a nearby pool or stream. Tabot is a replica of the ark of covenant containing the 10 commandments from every church. The Tabot is taken out in the afternoon on the eve of epiphany and stays overnight with the priests and faithful congregation. Early morning there is a mass and crowds attend the picnics lit by oil lumps and the water is blessed and splashed over everyone in a ceremony where the faithful renew their vows to the church. Some of the Tabots ate taken back to the churches in procession.