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Amongst the many holidays of Ethiopia, observed by followers of Orthodox Christianity, is Timqet, a.k.a Epiphany, the latest of which was celebrated last Thursday. Akin to popular religious celebrations held at the Bath of Fasilides or Mesqel Square, the churchgoers pictured here was a procession originating from St. Joseph Church.
Garbed in white, participants sang and danced their way to the destination at Abo Church.
A ceremony that the government wants to see registered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization`s (UNESCO) intangible cultural heritage, following in the footsteps of the Gada and Fichee-Chambalaalla, Timqet contributes to the tourism industry. It is one of the ceremonies that have earned the country the titles of World Best Tourist Destination and Favorite Cultural Destination, in 2015, by the European Council on Tourism & Trade.
With almost 1.8 billion dollars in revenues from half a million tourists in the first half of the current fiscal year, the downturn of a couple of years ago, where travel warnings were issued by embassies whose citizens are major tourist groups, seems to have subsided. The amount is an almost 11pc improvement to the earnings of the similar period in the previous year.
Authorities though are planning to transform the tourism industry by reducing the share of tourists that cultural destinations such as Timqet draw in for that of the visitors’ conference tourism brings