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Timkat (Epiphany)

timketTimkat (Epiphany) is the most colorful event in the year when Churches parade their Tabots to a nearby body of water. This is  the commemoration of Christ’s baptism, which falls one the 19th of January. The Tabot is taken out in the afternoon on the eve of epiphany and stays overnight with the priests and faithful congregation. The following morning the water is blessed and splashed on everyone in a ceremony where the faithful renew their vows to the Church. If the body of water is large enough, some people will immerse themselves. Woman who have been unable to have children participate in the ritual for fertility. After the ceremony, the Tabot is paraded back to its Church accompanied by much singing and dancing.