Timket is the greatest colorful festival of Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia. The festival of Timket falls on January 20. It is observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s baptism in River Jordan.  Timket is a two-day affair and all the ceremonies are conducted with great pomp.


Tour Name: Timket (Epiphany) Festival

Country: Ethiopia

Capital city: Addis Ababa

Validity: Jan.22,2020



Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Starting Point: Addis Ababa

Ending Point: Addis Ababa

Itinerary Information

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  • Day 01: Jan.18,2020    Arrival

    Arrive at Bole International Airport, meet and assist by ET-Representative and transfer to your hotel

    Meal: Dinner

    Overnight: Skylight Hotel (5*)

  • Day 02: Jan.19,2020   City Tour, Attending Ketera

    In the morning ET-staffs will pick you from your hotel and you will go for half day city tour of Addis. The sightseeingofAddis includes visiting the National Museumand Entoto Hill Top to enjoy the panoramic view of Addis

    Lunch break

    In the afternoon you willattend thecolorfulprocessionofEpiphany festivalorKetera. This is when the Tabots of each church are carried out in procession to a river or pool of water where the next day's celebration will take place. A special tent is set up where each Tabot rests as members of the church choirs chant hymns. This is accompanied by a special dance by the priests with their prayer sticks and sistera, the beating of drums, ringing of bells, and blowing of trumpets. The Tabot symbolizes the Ark of the Covenant and the tablets of the Law, which Moses received on Mount Sinai.In the occasion, a lot of people will sing, dance and ululates accompanying the Tabots all the way to the place where the Tabots are supposed to make their overnight.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner                                                                      

    Overnight: Skylight Hotel (5*)

  • Day 03: Jan.20,2020 Attending Baptism, Departure

    Today ismainday forthecelebrationoftheEthiopianEpiphany and you will have a chance to attend the sprinkling of the blessed holy water in remembrance of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the river Jordan in the hands of John. After the prayer, a senior priest uses a golden processional cross to bless the water and extinguishes a burning consecrated candle in the water. These rituals are followed by the blessing and sprinkling of the blessed water on the assembled congregation in commemoration of Christ’s baptism. 

    After the baptism, the Tabots of each church, except St. Michael's church, start their way back to their respective churches. The priests wear astonishing brocade ceremonial clothes and carry decorated umbrellas, while chanting to the accomplishment of drums and the rhythmic clink of the sistrum and other instruments. The elders march solemnly, accompanied by singing, leaping priests and young men, the beating of staffs and prayer sticks recalling the ancient rites of the Old Testament.

    Late in the after noon,you will be aleisure

    Intheevening,we inviteyoutoamemorable farewelldinner ina traditional restaurant with music and dance.

    Meal: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Transfer to the airport to take your international flight                                                    

  • Package Price for Ground Services

    Accommodation Type

    Price Per Person

    On sharing room basis

    USD 275

    On single room basis

    USD 345

    •  Extranightaccommodation cost 60.00 USDPer Person on room sharing basis
    • Extra night accommodation cost 95.00 USD Per Person on single room basis

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