Birthday of Haile Selassie

July 1, 2013 – July 1, 2013 all-day
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, known to his devotees as the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, is revered as the incarnation of God by Rastafarians throughout the world. His birthday is celebrated widely by all his followers.

Since Rastafarianism is a highly individual form of worship, organisation for the event is up to individual groups and small communities throughout the world. There is no Rasta Pope to organise the Rasta Christmas, so it is difficult to predict what form the celebrations will take locally.

What you can safely expect, though, is that there will be concerts, gatherings, rallies and other forms of musical worship throughout the world on this day. If you feel like being soothed and stirred by the lush bass-lines some of the best devotional music in the world, check out your nearest source of reggae vibrations for some uniquely chilled-out spiritual partying.

The name Rastafarianism derives from the pre-coronation title of Haile Selassie: Ras, meaning “prince”, and Tafari, the Emperor’s personal name. The emperor became the official saviour of the Rasta movement while still alive.

This post was written by , posted on February 24, 2013 Sunday at 11:00 am