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Rastafarian Holy Days and Holidays
January 7th
Melkam Gena
Ethiopian Christmas
Rastafarians observe this as a holiday.
March 1st
Battle of Adwa
Anniversary Celebration
Battle of Adwa on March 1, 1896, led by Emperor Menelik II
was fought and won by Ethiopians  over the Italians on
March 1, 1896.
March 25th
Empress Menen
Rastafarians observe this as a day of recognition of Queen of
queens of Ethiopia and the wife of Emperor Haile Selassie I.
May 5th
(27 Miyaza)
Fasika (Passover)
This day represents a major Holy Day with service (e.g.,
from 10am to 11am.).  After service, family day celebration
starts with the playing of Rastafarian Music (e.g., Reggae)
with eating of Corn bread, vegetables, and drinking of Wine,
closing with a prayer from the Priest. (e.g., around 3:30pm)
July 16th
Constitution Day
This day represents a holiday.  On this day in 1931 Ethiopia
was given it's first written Constitution and the holiday is
observed annually.
July 23rd
(16 Hamle)
Birthday of Tafari
In the year of John 16th of Hamle 1884/1885 = July 23rd
1892 the birth of ‘Tafari' in Harar, Ethiopia.  Rastalogy
accepts this day as the Second Advent of the Cosmic Christ,
fulfilling Isaiah Chapter 9v6:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto
us a Son is given, Tafari.”.

This day represents a major Holy Day; celebrated as a
family day with a short prayer service giving thanks to
Yahweh, for the birth of His Son, Tafari.  Service starts 11am,
followed by a celebration consisting of Rastafarian music
and food.
September 11th
Ethiopian New Year
(Melkam Addis Amet)
This day represents a holiday, which is, observed with a
short Prayer Service starting 11am. Enkutatash is the name
for the Ethiopian New Year, and means "gift of jewels" in the
Amharic language.  Happy Ethiopian New year to all Rasta
October 7th
(7 Maskaram)
Negus Day
(Divine Kingship of
This day represents a Holy Day.  On this day in 1928,
Rastafari was acclaimed ‘Negus’, King of Ethiopia, fulfilling
Isaiah 43v15:
“I am the Lord Rastafari your Holy One, Creator
of Israel, your King.”.  

This day is celebrated quietly with short Prayer Service
starting at 11am.
November 2nd
(2 Tikimt)
Transfiguration Day
Sunday, November 2nd 1930 –  This day represents the Holy
the Transfiguration Day of Negus Ras Tafari to
Emperor Haile Selassie I, ‘Might of the Trinity’; fulfilling
Revelation 5v5:

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the
Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to
open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."

This day is celebrated quietly with a short Prayer Service
starting 11am.  Then celebrate with Rasta music, rice and
peas, vegetables, fish, and closing with a short Prayer of
thanksgiving and blessing by the Priest in-charge.

We invite the Rastafarian Community and all those who
Love Justice and Hate Aggression!
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