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Muslim and Christian youth clean up Addis Ababa's Jan Meda for Ethiopian Epiphany

The annual Timket festival, an Orthodox Christian celebration of Epiphany, remembers the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. It is one of the biggest annual festivals held in cities all over the country. During the festival Tabots, models of the Ark of the Covenant, are taken from churches around each city and paraded through the streets to fields before the celebrations begin by blessing water baths. One of the fields where Tabots rest for Epiphany celebration is Jan Meda, located in Addis Ababa. Youths spend the days before Timket decorating and cleaning the streets leading to Jan Meda and field itself. This year, members of  “Fikir Yashenefal” youth association lent a hand to assist with Timket preparation in the spirit of love, peace, and unity. “Fikir Yashenefal” is a youth group that consists of Muslim and Christians who celebrate youth unity for a peaceful Ethiopia. The group has previously cleaned Mosque's and churches in collaboration to show that religious differences should not stand in the way of the unity of the Ethiopian people.