Photos of the week: “Timket”; the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year

The Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany comes up every January 19 (or 20 on Leap Year), corresponding to the 10th day of Terr following the Ethiopian calendar. It is used in commemorating the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist at River Jordan. It is the biggest and most colorful festivals among Orthodox Christians in the country.

Here are some photos from the celebration:

Ethiopian orthodox faithful hold crosses during Ethiopia's Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. Picture taken January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian orthodox faithful hold crosses during Ethiopia’s Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. Picture taken January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
A general view shows the holy baptism water of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
A general view shows the holy baptism water of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles as they attend the eve-prayers during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles as they attend the eve-prayers during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
A monk stands at the Tewahedo church during Ethiopia's Timket celebration to Commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
A monk stands at the Tewahedo church during Ethiopia’s Timket celebration to Commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of the Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles as they attend the eve-prayers during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles as they attend the eve-prayers during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Faithful jump into the waters of Fasilides Bath as part of a ceremony in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Choir members sing hymns during Ethiopia's Timket celebration in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Choir members sing hymns during Ethiopia’s Timket celebration in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
An Ethiopian Orthodox Priest lights up a candle during the Timket celebration in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
An Ethiopian Orthodox Priest lights up a candle during the Timket celebration in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles as they attend the eve-prayers during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles as they attend the eve-prayers during the Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Choir members wait to perfom during Ethiopia's Timket celebration in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. "Timket", the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
Choir members wait to perfom during Ethiopia’s Timket celebration in which the waters are blessed by the priest of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church during the second day of Timket in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 20, 2016. “Timket”, the greatest Ethiopian festival of the year is to commemorate Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
An Ethiopian orthodox priest blesses the faithful with incense during Ethiopia's Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
An Ethiopian orthodox priest blesses the faithful with incense during Ethiopia’s Timket celebration to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan, in Gondar, Ethiopia, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri