Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Timkat Press Pass


Today is Timkat, which is an Ethiopian holiday that you can read more about it by clicking on the link, TimkatWikipedia. I wrote about it last year on the blog and again, we are in Addis Ababa for the big celebration.

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There are workers starting the parade by rolling out a red carpet and running the rolled up carpets from the back. The women swept before the people came.

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Waiting on the street...

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This little girl was serious about her drum...

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Can you find the three boys seriously into their dancing?  :)

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And then Little J and I were called into the crowd to ask if we could do a short interview. We were taken directly in front of the main tent where the ark of the covenant replicas were held.

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We had earlier noticed news cameras but now were in front of them.

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He called back to Jon and Little A who joined us for our little interview. 

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After the interview, they invited us into the heart of the action to take pictures. Jon made the wise decision to take the girls to the perimeter and I pretended like I was a news photographer, only with no idea what to actually photograph. The priests would point me in different directions. “Here, move this way, you can really see!”  

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It was so great to be able to mingle among the priests with their amazing umbrellas and see up close what was happening.

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Dancing processional

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These three men held the tabots on their head.

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Two priests

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The man on the far right is swinging an incense burner.

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I finally wiggled my way out of the main circle as I felt a bit out of place, but as we so often experience in this hospitable culture, people were so sharing and glad to teach foreigners a bit more about their cultural celebration.

Today the music is still pounding outside as there is a holiday associated with Timkat and all the St. Michael churches, I think one day of parades was good for us. :) 


1 comment:

Kim Plattner said...

What an opportunity! : ) Would love to see that in person!