Ethiopia has various colorful festivals throughout the
year. The Ethiopian new year's which falls on September 11/ Meskerem 1 /
celebrates colorfully and this is also the beginning of the harvest season. Meskel The finding of
the true cross / is another important festival which falls on September 27 and
which celebrates the discovery of the true cross by St- Helena, the wife of
Constantine the great. Vast bonfires are lit countrywide there are dance and
feasts everybody attends.
Ethiopia's most celebrated festival is Timket /
Ethiopian epiphany / it is the most colorful and greatest festival of the year,
falling and 19 January. And is the easiest for visitors to witness and enjoy.
the Holy tabot , a replica of the ark of the covenant, is removed from each
church accompanied by dramatic processions beginning on the day before the
celebration and taken to the central area where the ceremony will take place.
The following morning is also the great day, Christ's baptism in the river
Jordan by John is commemorated. The water is blessed and sprinkled over
everyone in a ceremony where the faithful renew their Vows to the church after
this done the congregation follows the bishops, elder & clergy as the tabot
is carried back to the church form where it came. Everyone, men, women,and
children attend the celebration. All dressed white traditional dress the locals
provide an exceptional beauty to the colorful ceremony.