Ethiopiaâ€™s population is nearly 100 million and over 40% of Ethiopians identify themselves as Christian Orthodox. So the celebration of Timkat (Epiphany) is quite an â€œaffairâ€ as it is one of the most important holidays for the Ethiopian Orthodox faithful. In every town, including Yirgalem, a small town in Southern Ethiopia, a replica of the Ark of Covenant, (the Tabot) is taken out of the altar where it sits all year and is carried on top of a priestâ€™s head during a long procession, which ends at a nearby body of water. The next morning at dawn, after a night of prayers, the water is blessed in the presence of the Tabot. The blessed water is then sprinkled on the devotees, symbolically renewing their baptismal vows.