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Gonder’s epiphany preparations in full swing

ADDIS ABABA—Gonder town Culture, Tourism, and Sport Department announced that it has finalized major preparations to warmly welcome celebrants to the colorful Timketcelebrationincommemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ.

The Department Head ChalachewDagnew told The that Gonder town has finalized most of the preparations to host the great Timket festival.

According to Chalachew, the town set up one main committee and nine sub-committees, and they have shared responsibilities to observe the place of the baptismal (Ketera) in a bid to make thecelebrationeffective. Similarly, all committeeshave been carrying out various activities hand-in-hand with creating conducive environment torealize hospitality in the town.

A series of events will be held, and artistic events will be prepared tomorrow aiming at memorizing the birth of Emperor Tewodros. After tomorrow, it will visit Chena tourist destination area, a program operated by the Department and University of Gondar. Likewise, sport events will be also prepared. On the eve, of Timket known as ketera, the town will organize dinner program to memorize the relentless effort of the security forces to save Gonder from the terrorist TPLF destructive act.

“What makes this year’s Timketcelebration different from that of many years is a number of Diaspora will participate in and the value of religion and history is well recited,” he said.

He further added that the Department will prepare panel discussion with the Diaspora after two days of Timket (Epiphany)to discuss investment potential in Gonder and other related developmental efforts.

Likewise, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) announced that it has established three special hosting Centers to the Diaspora inGondartown which are capable of serving an average 500 Diasporas a day.

Town’s Bank District Director DemwozieBalebie told local media that CBE is ready to provide the Diaspora coming to the town with prompt services. The bank has also allowed up to 30 million Birr loan per person to the Diaspora who will be engaged in different investment sectors.

BY MESERET BEHAILU

THE ETHIOPIAN SUNDAY EDITION 13 JANUARY 2022

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