What is the weather like in Ethiopia in January?

The average daytime temperature in Ethiopia in January is 22°C. At night, temperatures average 5°C. 

In the highlands of the north and south, the days are typically warm and dry, with little chance of rain. Conditions are also great for visiting the Danakil Depression and the Omo Valley

Ethiopia in January

Festivals in Ethiopia in January

Two of the biggest festivals on the Ethiopian calendar, Ethiopian Christmas and Timkat, fall in January each year. 

Ethiopian Christmas

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. 

Ethiopia in January

Timkat

The festival of Timkat, also known as Epiphany, is an annual festival that is meant to replicate Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan.

Taking place on the 19th January, the epicentre for the Timkat festivities is Fasilides bathhouse in Gonder

The festival breathes life into these historic buildings, and while Gonder is the best place to be, there are colourful celebrations across the country. 

Timkat Festival in Ethiopia
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Trips to Ethiopia in January