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Timket Holyday Festival Trips

Holiday Trips with historical And Cultural visits January 13 arrival and city tour of the capital city Addis Ababa.

January 14 Fly to Lalibela, early morning departure around 5 o'clock to the airport for your flight to lalibela which will be departing from the Addis Ababa airport at around 7 o'clock and you will have a stop at Gonder airport for a few minutes till the offload a few people and load more people that will be travelling to lalibela then it will take you another 25 minutes to get to lalibela,after arrival Check into your hotel.

 

In the late morning around 10 o'clock discover the city of Lalibela/ancient city of Roha; civilization of the past is still alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins. The 11thc rock hewn churches of Lalibela reveal a marvelous and skillful architectural knowledge of the past. These incredible edifices remain places of living worship to this day and no one visiting here can fail to be stunned and awed by the remarkable human achievements that the churches represent.

This day you will visit the northern cluster starting from Bet Medhane Alem, one of the largest monolithic rock-hewn churches. Bet Maryam, is thought to have been the first church built in Lalibela and features elaborate carvings. After spending the afternoon among the priests and pilgrims, have dinner and stay at Mountain view Hotel/other

January 15 - fly to Axum

Axum is the last of the great civilizations of antiquity to be revealed to modern knowledge and is listed as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Axum is believed to date back over 2000 years and the tradition has it that it was once the capital city of the much disputed Queen of Sheba. While going to the Stelea Park, make a stop at the so-called Queen of Shebas Bath, a reservoir hewn out of massive rock, used by locals for water supply. Check out the Stelea Park, where you can find giant Stelea carved out of a single piece of granite, each resembles a tall, slender, multi storey house in the architectural style of the Axumite houses. There are two churches of great interest in Axum one old and one new churches of saint Mary of Zion where the original ark of covenant is placed then precede your tour to the archeological Museum which houses several stones bearing sabean and Geez inscriptions, as well as many other artifacts. More visit to the tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskal set on a hill, Ezanas inscription and drive out of town to visit Queen of Sheba's palace and spend the night at Yeha hotel/other

January 16 - fly Gondar

Late Morning at around 10 o'clock drive to the airport for your flight to the next destination: Gondar. In the afternoon, start to discover the city of Gondar; Many picturesque ruins lie in the royal enclosure like the fairytale castles dating back to the 17thc.The castles reflect the glory of Gonderine kings and characterized by lime mortar style. The other place of interest is Fasiladas pool, in which pilgrims still take a plunge at the issue of Timket (Epiphany) celebrations. In the late afternoon visit Debre Birhan trinity church, rewarding for its magnificent murals adorning the roof and the walls of the church.Over night Goha Hotel/other

 

January 17 semen Mountain Trekking one night camping.

 

Drive from Gondar  to Debark. Here we obtain a permit from the Park headquarters and collect our obligatory scout before continuing to Sankabar (3250m ASL) for the first overnight camp. An early start is needed as the drive from Gondar takes a 2-3 hours. The trek begins at Buytras (Simien Lodge), taking about 3 – 4 hours to walk to the Sankabar campsite is usually possible. During the walk there’s a good chance of seeing your first Gelada baboons.over night at sankaber camp.

 

January 18th returning day (Gonder)

 

In the morning of trek day 2, we will walk to the spectacular Jinbar waterfall. The trek will take approximately 3 – 4 hours. After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz (which feeds the waterfall) then a break and snack will be given and while having the snack You will enjoy the Spectacular Views of the fall and the mountains. Then head back to the jeep waiting for your drive back to Gonder. Overnight at Gonder.

 

January 19th Timket ceremony Celebration in Gonder.

 

Timkat (Amharic: ጥምቀት which means "baptism") (also spelled Timket, or Timqat) is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. ... 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 river Jordan).

 

The festival of Timket falls on Tirr 11(January19) every year. It is observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s baptism in River Jordan. The celebration of Timket starts on the eve of the main festival.  The eve is known as ’Ketera’ and taken from the Amharic word ‘ketere’ meaning to  make a dam; it is usual to make a dam in some places where there is no enough river water for the celebration of Timket.

In the afternoon of Ketera the tabots (holy Arks) from each of the churches are taken to a significant water body. Accompanied by a great ceremony, each tabot is carried overhead by a high priest. It is taken to spend the night there, an activity that helps in performing the timket ceremony, usually done early in the morning the time Jesus Christ was baptized. The ceremony extends throughout the night and the next day early in the morning the Timket celebration start. The ceremony begins with the pre-sun rise rituals which include the Kidane (Morning Prayer) and the KIdasie (the divine clergy). These rituals are followed by the blessing and sprinkling of the blessed water on the assembled congregation in commemoration of Christ’s baptism.

According to the interpretation of the Ethiopian Church, the term Timket is taken from the Ge’ez word Asteryo meaning “reveal”. This meaning is associated with the revelation of the trinity, or the unity of God the father, the son, and the Holy Ghost during the baptism of Christ. In Greek language, the word “baptism” refers to immersion in water, thus Christ himself was baptized by being immersed in water, river Jordan. Consequently, Timket is supposed to be performed by immersion in a body of water. But, in most cases, priests usually sprinkle the blessed water over the congregation, except in few cases where a larger pool is available immersion or to swimming like that of the bathing Palace Fasiledes in Gondar. 

At about 10 or 11am, each tabot begins the journey back to its respective church. This involves an even more colorful ceremony with a variety of traditional and religious songs. 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. Although it is colorfully celebrated throughout the country, Timket is highly regarded in Addis Abeba, Lalibela and Gondar.

In Gondar, the bathing palace of Fasiledas is still dedicated to this colorful ceremony. It is still filled with water each year by a canal from the River Keha for the colorful Timket celebration. Besides the baptism of Jesus Christ, the celebration of Timket in Gondar also commemorates the re-baptizing of thousands of people who have converted from Catholicism to the Orthodox faith. Even though Gondar can be visited at anytime of the year, the city is a wonderful place of visit during this season as it gives one a chance to witness the colorful ceremonies of the timket Festival.

In Addis Ababa, Jan Meda is the ideal place of witnessing the colorful celebration of Timket. In Lalibela it is equally celebrated like that of Christmas with relatively less crowd-situations of the flocking pilgrims.  Traditionally, Timket was known as an important occasion for young adults to choose the would-be lovers.
Over night at the same hotel .

 

January 20th Drive Bahir Dar

 

Morning at around 7 o'clock drive through a beautiful scenery to the next destination: Bahirdar. which a 180km distance and a three hour drive on the way Make a picture stop at Addis Zemen to view the rock formation and continue driving to Bahirdar. In the afternoon, drive to view the Blue Nile Falls, at Tis Isat village- Tis Isat in Amharic means smoking water  on a 30 minute walk hilly path.

The falls used to measure 400m in width and falling 45m deep but the Blue Nile has been partly diverted upstream  for power generation  and although not as majestic as it was once. A little downstream, cross the Blue Nile by boat and return to meet your vehicle and back to Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana. Make about an hour cruise and visit Ura Kidhane Mihret the most famous monastery and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries and superbly painted. Overnight at avant resort/other

 

January 21st boat trip on Lake

Tana(source of the blue Nile)
enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana. Make about a two hour cruise and visit Ura Kidhane Mihret the most famous monastery and other monastries that has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries and superbly painted. Refresh and check out from hotel and depart for your flight to addis upon on arrival a fair well dinner will be done at Ethiopias finest Traditional restaurant to discover the diffrent Ethnic Groups culture dance and ceremoney then dependind the departure days of the clients either A drop of to the airport will be given for flight home or Overnight stay at Azzeman Hotel till departure time will be given and the trip ends that night.

 

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Gondar

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