**This is the greatest festival of the year, falling on 19 January, just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is actually a three-day affair, beginning on the Eve of Timkat with dramatic and colorful processions. The following morning, the great day itself, Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist is commemorated. The third day is devoted to the Feast of St. Michael, the archangel, one of the Ethiopia's most popular saints.
Since October and the end of the rains, the country has been drying up steadily. The sun blaze down from a clear blue sky and the Festival of Timkat always takes place in glorious weather. In Gonder, many churches bring their tabots to Fasil bath accompanied by priests bearing prayer sticks and sistra, the ringing of bells and blowing of trumpets, and swinging bronze censors from which wisps of incense smoke escape into the evening air. The tabots rest in their special tent in the meadow, each hoisting a proud banner depicting the church's saint in front.
Day 1, January 18: Be met at bole international air port & transfer to hotel.
Day 2, January 19: Fly to Gonder town & check in to hotel, eve of the festivity begins from this day you will be part of the colorful celebration, over night in hotel.
Day 3, January 20: This day is the day of timiket celebration from which tabotes return from fasil bath to their churches.
Day 4 January 21: Visit the 17th c Fasil Castle & Debre Berhan Selassie after late lunch drive to Bahirdar & check in to hotel.
Day 5, January 22: Drive to Blue Nile fall, after lunch visit Tana Lake monasteries & over night in hotel.
Day 6, January 23: Fly to Addis Ababa & city tour, after fare well dinner fly back home.
- Single Supplement 68USD
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