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Timkat, or 20 during Leap Year

Timkat, or 20 during Leap Year is held on January 19. Ethiopian Orthodox. This event in the second decade of the month January is annual. Help us Help us 
19 January - Timkat, or 20 during Leap Year
Timkat, which translates as 'baptism', celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It begins with the "Ketera" (the eve of Timket) which is held to commemorate the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan. Ethiopians embrace this annually with a mass baptism at different waterfronts or sacred pools around the country, the top spots being Lalibela, Gondar, and Addis Ababa. It's celebrated on January 19 (or January 20 in a leap year), commemorating the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan on that date (the tenth day of the month Terr according to the Ethiopian calendar).
Timket is a 3-day event with lots of interesting features and the celebration comes 12 days after the Ethiopian Christmas (also referred to as Gehenna).

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