Spectacular photos reveal the explosion of colour that is Ethiopia’s ancient Timkat festival

By Ruth, Daily Mail

Exuberant: During the procession, the priests wave their brightly coloured silk scarves and hold their embroidered umbrellas aloft (Photo: Eric lafforgue) -  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2553150/Spectacular-photos-reveal-explosion-colour-Ethiopias-ancient-Timkat-festival.html#ixzz3Q92zEtnb  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Exuberant: During the procession, the priests wave their brightly coloured silk scarves and hold their embroidered umbrellas aloft (Photo: Eric Lafforgue) –

While for most of us, January means cutting down on alcohol and getting to grips with a new workout regime, for Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christians, it marks one of the most colourful celebrations of the year.

Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox take on Epiphany, brings thousands of pilgrims flocking to the ancient rock-hewn churches at Lalibela and to the ancient city of Gondar nearby each winter.

Taken by French photographer Eric Lafforgue, who has travelled widely in Ethiopia meeting local people, the images offer a unique insight into one of the world’s oldest Christian ceremonies.

And as the incredible photos reveal, there’s more to the celebration than prayer and contemplation, with colourful parades and late night dips in the river all part of the plan.

Read more at: Daily Mail

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