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Rastafarian Holidays 2008

Monday 7 January:


Christmas Day (Ethiopian): Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they want to return.

Monday 21 April:

Anniversary of Haile Selassie's visit to Jamaica: Marks the date Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica in 1966. Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.

Wednesday 23 July:

Birthday of Haile Selassie I: Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.

Sunday 17 August:

Birthday of Marcus Garvey: Commemorates the Birthday of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican politician born in 1887 who predicted the crowning of a King in Africa, and instigated the 'Back to Africa' movement.

Thursday 11 September:

Ethiopian New Year: The start of the New Year in Ethiopia is recognised because Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they want to return.

Sunday 2 November:

Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I: Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.

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