These photos were taken on the 19th of January 2014 during the Timket celebrations in Meganagna, an area of Addis Abeba. I lived near this area. I went there early in the morning and I patiently waited for the start of the celebration. Timket, is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany.
Although the festival is observed by orthodox Christians all over the world, in Ethiopia it takes on a special significance as it is the most colourful event of the year in the country. The most relevant symbol of the festival is colourful embroidered umbrellas that protect the sacred Tabot and the priests carrying the Tabot.