Six churches and hundreds of people came together to celebrate the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s Epiphany holiday on Sunday in Mount Baker. Check out these stunning images from the holy event.
Six churches came together over the weekend to celebrate the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s Epiphany in Mount Baker.
The two-day holiday, called Timket, serves as a celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
On Saturday, hundreds of people walked in a procession with a replica of the Ark of the Covenant from South Walker Street along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South to Kings Hall for Ketera, the religious service that commemorates the eve of Epiphany.
Timket services began at 2 a.m. Sunday and featured book readings, songs, celebrations and prayers. The religious holiday concluded with a large baptism Sunday around noon.
The actual days for Ketera (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016) and Timket (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016) were celebrated last week in Ethiopia, but the Seattle community celebrated over the weekend.