Followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, also known in the outside world as Ethiopian Church, celebrated Timkat (Epiphany) across the country.
In Addis Ababa, the two patriarchs of Ethiopia, Abune Merkorios and Abune Mathias, let the religious ritual at Janmeda, where the holiday is celebrated.
Abune Mathias seized the opportunity to covey his message of peace. “We Ethiopians need to exploit our natural resources and live on them not get into conflict over them.”
Patriarch of Indian Orthodox Church,Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, conveyed his holiday greetings for the followers of Ethiopian Church.
Addis Ababa police commission has disclosed that Ketera and Timkat celebrations went well with no security incident.
Timkat Celebration draw millions of people including Ethiopians who are not followers of the Ethiopian Churches. It is also an important tourist attraction for Ethiopia generating millions of dollars in revenue.
Government officials, dignitaries and diplomats have attended the holiday celebration at Janmeda.
Followers of Ethiopian Catholic Church have also celebrated Timkat in accordance with catholic religious traditions in the capital Addis Ababa.
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