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This is the greatest festival of the Ethiopian year .falling just 2 weeks after Ethiopian Christ –mass . It is actually three days affair .preceded by the eve of timket when the dramatic and colorful procession take place ,through the night of prayer and fasting ,to the great day itself and the commemoration of Christ Baptist in the Jordan by john .
The eve of this celebration is called KETERA ,and it is when the priest brings their TABOT ( the arc of the covenant ) from Each church and bless the water of the pool of the river where tomorrow’s celebration’s will takes place .It is the TABOT and the table of the law which Mosses receive on Mount saina rather than the church building .In Addis Ababa ,many churches bring their Tabot to Janmeda accompanied by their priests with prayers stick and sister the ringing of bells and blowing of trumpets ,swinging bronth ,censor from which whisps of incense smoke escape into the evening air .the tabot rests in their special tents in the Meadow ,each with its proud banner depicting the church saint hoisted in front .the priests pray throughout the long cold night and mass is performed about till 2am .Huge crowds of people camp out ,eating an d drinking by the light of hundreds of flickering fires and torches towards dawn the patriarch bless the water ( bishops and priests perform this ceremony . it is interesting festivals .
Tour service interpretaion about this Festival .