Ethiopia

Eyoel Mamo

Eyoel Mamo began photography five years ago by studying photography at a local college. Following his enthusiastic passion, Eyoel has assisted, collaborated and undertaken several photography projects in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Eyoel is especially interested in acrobatic, wedding, fashion and portrait photography. His current personal projects address the vast social life in Addis Ababa.

Timket Celebration in Addis Ababa

Timket is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. It is celebrated on January 19th (or 20th on Leap Year), corresponding to the 10th day of Terr, following the Ethiopian calendar. Timket celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. This festival is best known for its ritual reenactment of baptism (similar to such reenactments performed by numerous Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land when they visit the Jordan); early European visitors confused the activities with the actual sacrament of baptism, and erroneously used this as one example of alleged religious error, since traditional Christians believe in “one baptism for the remission of sins” (Nicene Creed).During the ceremonies of Timket, the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant, which is present on every Ethiopian altar (somewhat like the Western altar stone), is reverently wrapped in rich cloth and borne in procession on the head of the priest. The Tabot, which is otherwise rarely seen by the laity, represents the manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah when he came to the Jordan for baptism. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated near a stream or pool early in the morning (around 2 a.m.). Then the nearby body of water is blessed towards dawn and sprinkled on the participants, some of whom enter the water and immerse themselves, symbolically renewing their baptismal vows.

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