What is the weather like in Ethiopia in January?
Ethiopian Christmas takes place on the 7th January on the Gregorian calendar.
In the weeks leading up to this date, many observe a 43 day fast known as ‘Fast of the Prophets’.
During this period, much of the population only eat one vegetarian or vegan meal per day, as well as abstaining from all alcoholic beverages.
The festival itself is quite different, a huge celebration across the country and one of the most memorable events to witness first-hand.
The festival of Timkat, also known as Epiphany, is an annual festival that is meant to replicate Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan.
The festival breathes life into these historic buildings, and while Gonder is the best place to be, there are colourful celebrations across the country.
Because of the two festivals, visiting Ethiopia in January is more expensive than the rest of the year, particularly if you plan to be in Lalibela, Gonder, or Addis Ababa for the main events.
Trips to Ethiopia in January
Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
Experience the colourful Timket festival along the sweeping plateaus of rural Amhara on a community trek. Continue your adventure through the classic northern circuit where you'll discover ancient monuments from bygone civilisations, diverse wildlife, incredible views and wonderful people.…