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Written by Dezry Kay on January 11, 2022

Gondar Ethiopia.

A friend Suggested that we Visit Gondar for the three days religious festival and i have realized that January is the best time to visit Ethiopia for that unforgatable experience.

Gondar, or Gonder, is a city in northern Ethiopia. It's known for the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound, once the seat of Ethiopian emperors. Dominating it is the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, which combines Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles.

Though epiphany, locally known as 'Timket', is celebrated every year throughout Ethiopia, the festivity in Gondar is unique where several historical and religious tourist attractions are located. The annual out-door Timket festival observed in Gondar attracts hundreds of thousands of domestic and foreign visitors.

The Timkat Festival, held each year in Gondar, is the biggest Christian festival .Procession to Gondar's central square, then toward Fasilidas's palace. We have arrived on the evening of the first day and booi was it packed with tourists and locals.

All about Ethiopian Epiphany (Timkat) celebrations attracting 2 million people. For Ethiopia, January is a month when the country receives an influx of tourists courtesy of a string of religious activities by the Ethiopian orthodox Tewahio Church.

There's no doubts one can easily make new friends and learn a thing or two if not enough to woo you into deving deeper into the country's tourist attraction tours.

But this particular article is about Timket and Gondar so we stick to it Lol.

Ethiopian horses are those breeds or types of horse found in Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia. During This festival these horses are made easy to access for photos or even a short tour for all tourists and locals celebrating Timkat. I have not yet discovered the significance of having them around but i suspect that it is to give you the ancient feel of the beginning of the environment When and how the Emperors used to exist.

And many people come to learn more about the history of Gondar and visit the famours Castles as much as meeting new people with inquiring minds, adventures personalities and religious souls who come to expand their players during that high aura of praying spirits which you can feel in the energy and the scenery in the environment.

The structures documented include: the Castle of Emperor Fasilides, the Bakaffa Castle, Dawit III's Hall, the Castle of Emperor Iyasu, the Royal Library, the Chancellery, the Royal Archive Building .

I told you about Gursha in one of my social media posts and i certainly got a lot of it during this visit in Gondar from different traditional Ethiopian restaurants.

Gursha is an Amharic word meaning, "mouthful,” gursha is performed by taking (most often a large) morsel of meat or curry wrapped in an injera and feeding it to someone else at the table. An act of respect, the person who's been honored with the gursha, then returns the favor.

If you are wondering where tourists stay for this Big festivals, rest assured there are many clean, elegant, upmarket and comfortable places to live in for a couple of days or more such as Goha Hotel in which i'm enjoying my second Gursha and sunset on the above photos.

Article written by Dezry Kay
South African Media Personality, International Singer, Limpopo born tea lover, Johannesburg self-care junky. Practices Yoga, Meditation and belly dancing.