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Timkat

Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. It is celebrated on January 19 (or 20 on Leap Year), corresponding to the 10th day of Terr following the Ethiopian calendar. Timkat celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

I attended the celebration ceremony, that the Ethiopian community in Athens Greece held, at Polygono area. I had seen pictures from last years ceremony, and found it really interested and wanted to document it.

I was amazed by the way they celebrate epiphany in their church, so much different than Greeks, who (most of them) are also Orthodox christians. The use of musical instruments, dancing and singing in the church wearing traditional costumes, was just something that made me forget for a while where i was.

The past years i was planning a trip to Ethiopia, but for some reason it was always cancelled. Now, after attending this, i think its going to happen.

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