Timkat in Addis Ababa – Christian Orthodox believers celebrate the baptism of Jesus

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For the past three days, Ethiopian Christians have been celebrating Timkat, the most celebrated religious festival in the country. This Christian Orthodox holiday commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, providing the occasion for thousands of exuberant celebrations with processions, dances and singing. The streets of Addis Ababa are festively decorated in green, […]

Discovering Genna – Ethiopian Christmas celebrations

0 Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas Celebration at the Church of the Nativity, West Bank town of Bethlehem January 6, 2011. Ethiopia (and especially the Ethiopian Orthodox Church) still use the old Julian calendar, so the celebrate Christmas on January 7th. The Christmas celebration in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is called Ganna. Most people go to Church on Christmas day. Licence agreement: http://www.creative-graphicdesign.com/licences/licensing_agreement.pdf. Email: palpics@ymail.com or public.culture@gmx.de

Christmas known as Genna in Ethiopia is a celebration rich with culture and rituals making it a beloved holyday amongst all Ethiopian Christians and tribes.  Being the oldest nation in Africa Ethiopia continues to use the old Julian calendar especially the Orthodox Church thus Genna falling on January 7th each year.