Timket (Epiphany) is one of the most brilliantly colourful greatest and most brilliantly colourful festivals on Ethiopia's Orthodox Tewahido church calendar. Celebrated on 11 January (19 January Gregorian calendar) in memory of the Christ's baptism in the River Jordan by St John. The churches are filled to overflowing with people attending for morning prayers; afterwards the priests take out replicas of the Arc of the covenant, followed by a procession of people, to the baptism ceremony venue.
The following morning, the replica covenants are returned to their respective churches. It is for this festival the special break called Himash in Tigrinya and Ambasha in Amharic is baked and sheep are slaughtered for the three-day celebration.
Geographically Ethiopia is stunning. The landscape is dominated by the dramatic Ethiopian Highlands with peaks of 4000m or higher. The country is bisected by the Rift Valley, which starts at the Red Sea, to the North East, and continues south to Mozambique in southern Africa.