In pictures: Ethiopians celebrate the festival of Timket

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Ethiopian Orthodox Christians have been celebrating the festival of Timket, or Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

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In Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, thousands of worshippers marched through the streets on Friday, the eve of the festival, to the Jan Meda sports grounds.

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Each church took its tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant that according to tradition contains the 10 Commandments, on the procession.

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Musicians playing traditional trumpets, or imbilta, led the way.

This symbolises the description in the Bible that trumpets were played when the Ark of the Covenant was being moved.

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Church leaders, dressed in their religious robes and carrying crucifixes and umbrellas, then followed.

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image sourceBBC/Amensisa Negera

Spiritual singers, or zemari, chanted and clapped along to traditional praise songs known as mezmur.

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The worshippers then spent Friday night at Jan Meda and then on Saturday were sprinkled with holy water, re-enacting the baptism of Jesus.

Photos by the BBC's Amensisa Negera and AFP.

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