The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is a major event in the life of Jesus described in the three synoptic Gospels of the New Testament. It is an act of humility, with Jesus consenting to be counted as if he were a sinner, along with everyone else. During his baptism, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. Jesus tells John that His baptism is "fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness".
Ethiopia is predominantly Christian, with 43.5% of the population identifying as Ethiopian Orthodoxy, 0.7% as Catholicism, and 18.6% as Pentay (Protestantism). Christianity was introduced to Ethiopia in the 4th century and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is one of the oldest organized churches in the world.