Random pictures from Timket
I was excited to attend the Ketera celebration yesterday and Timket this morning.
I was around Amest Kilo area where I was able to see priests taking the Tabot (which symbolizes the Arc of Covenant) containing the Ten Commandments from St. Maryam and Trinity cathederal church to Janmeda field.The day before the Epiphany is called Ketera. Concealed by an ornamental cloth, it was taken to a tent in the filed, close to a consecrated pool, accompanied by much ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and the burning of incense. Many youngsters were wearing T-shirts with inscribed bible quotations.
Today is Timket,whic according to Orthodox priests, is the symbolic reenactment of the baptism of Christ at the River Jordan by John the Babtist. It is not a rebaptism but a renewal of Baptismal vows. The celebration attracts thousands of spectators from around the world.It was a nice time to hone in on a couple of colorful Timkat drums and brilliantly hued umbrella. Those expecting an inspiring occasion had not been disapointed.A young man reflected that it had been a moving experience, a reafirmation of his commitment to his faith and to the church.Here are some random shots.
A French guy joins an Ethiopian friend in letting his T-shirts do the talking.