January 20 was Timkat(Baptism). It is a National holiday where the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus. The festival includes taking a model of the arc of the covenant and walking to a lake or river, reenacting the baptism, camping out, and walking back to a church. Thousands of people walk up the roads to different churches as some sing and dance and preach. Then everyone goes home and feasts with their family. They went right by our house.
We met some nice families who finished
walking and watched with us. Notice the
sleeping baby tied on the woman's back.