Ethiopian community gathers to celebrate Timket

Above: Ethiopians reconnect with cultural roots in marking
Timket (Epiphany) in the largest such ceremonies in the U.S.

Los Angeles Times
By Kate Linthicum,
January 22, 2011

They were gathered last Sunday to mark Timket, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of the Epiphany. For the faithful, the holiday commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and his revelation as the son of God.

Los Angeles’ Timket celebration is the largest in the United States. It takes place over a January weekend each year in a parking lot outside the Forum in Inglewood.

Ethiopian immigrants flock from across the country and Canada to receive blessings from church bishops who wear elaborate beaded cloaks and full gray beards. Organizers say it may be the largest gathering of Ethiopians outside that nation in the Horn of Africa. Read more.

Photo: Choir members including Mengisthiu Mamo, Ashanafi Abebe, and Yemane Kassa, from right, sing and dance during a celebration of Timket. (Christina House/For The Times / January 22, 2011)

Video: 2010 Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket ) in Los Angeles

7 Responses to “Ethiopian community gathers to celebrate Timket”


  1. 1 antonio Jan 23rd, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love to see people celebrate timket so much happiness and energy! OMG the video is awesome Its a slice of africa in L.A. absolutely love it. P.S. very cool clip at the end too with the stretch hummers HAHA! OLD MEETS NEW . HAHA

  2. 2 Dawit Jan 23rd, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Happy Timket!!

  3. 3 Brooks Jan 23rd, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Ab-wold-wo mensfes Qidus Ahadu Amlak–Amen.

  4. 4 Tewdage Mengistu Jan 24th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    It was a beautiful Timiket thanks to Virgin Mariam. You can see how God accepts our gathering and give us a beautiful day. Pls for the next Timiket invite Patriarich Abune Merkorios we miss them.

  5. 5 Meklit Jan 25th, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Brooks, Amen. enqan abro adresen. Woy-goood. I had no idea Ethis from all over the states gather for Timiket in LA. Good choice, January in California is heaven in comparison to New England. Ezi birdu qomata yastaqifal.

  6. 6 Jambo Jan 26th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Love it!

  7. 7 Brooks Jan 26th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Oh!!-Meklit!!!!I share your experience.

    Reminder!!!

    The mystery of Holy water of Timket.

    The Alaskan wood frog becomes frozen solid turning into”Frogsicle”to survive the arctic winter without heart beat and without drawing a single breath.When the weather warms, miraculously thaws into life.The first it does is to find water(holy Timket water)to jump into,to start a new Life.I know for sure this frog has no nostalgic ownership of the past.Meklit!! aim high we will have the next Timket(Tebel water).Thanks.Be care.

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