Timkat - Ethiopia
Celebrated throughout Ethiopia, Timkat is the Ethiopian Epiphany, marking Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. In Axum, the home of the fabled Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant, local worshippers jump into pools of water, blessed by the priests. In Lalibela, the former capital, the rock-hewn churches are the start and end points, with pilgrims following the rhythm of drums behind the priests and their anointed tabots. It's truly a sight to behold.
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