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Ethiopia: Timket Blasts

With celebrants dressed in white, prominently carrying the flag of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, horns were blared and drums struck for the celebration of Timket last Tuesday. On the days prior, preparations took place, with roundabouts and roads in several parts of the capital draped in colourful flags for what followers of the faith believe is the anniversary of the baptism of Jesus Christ.

23 January 2021 p With celebrants dressed in white, prominently carrying the flag of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, horns were blared and drums struck for the celebration of Timket last Tuesday.It was in response to this that the authorities were attempting to warn celebrants to wear masks during the celebration, especially in Gonder city, Amhara Regional State, where it is most prominently held around the Fasilides Bath.On the days prior, preparations took place, with roundabouts and roads in several parts of the capital draped in colourful flags for what followers of the faith believe is the anniversary of the baptism of Jesus Christ.The celebration was held with the backdrop of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It remains the case even as a new strain of the virus that is more transmissible has been reported in dozens of countries around the world, and there are no indications that Ethiopia will have early access to the COVID-19 vaccines.But lockdown measures have long been mostly lifted after a five-month state of emergency expired late last year.

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