Holy Days & Holidays

Holy days and holidays are periods of solemn times for the Rastafarian community worldwide.

The Holy days are to pray and ask for penance, fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14:

"If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, search for me and repent of their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land."


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January 7th - Ethiopian Christmas

Ethiopia (and especially the Ethiopian Orthodox Church) still use the old Julian calendar, so they celebrate Christmas on January 7th, not December 25th! The Christmas celebration in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is called Genna. Most people go to Church on Christmas day(Click here for more information).

Rastafarians observe this day as a holiday.

May 5th (5th of Miyaza) - “Fasika” (Passover)

This day represents a major Holy Day with service. After service, family day celebration starts with the playing of Rasta Music (e.g., Reggae) with eating of Corn bread, vegetables, and drinking of Wine(fruit juice), closing with a prayer from the Priest.

July 16th 1931 - Constitution Day

This day represents a holiday. On this day Ethiopia was given it first written Constitution and is observed annually.

July 23rd 1892 – 2nd Advent of the Cosmic Christ

In the year of John 16th of Hamle 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 9 v6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is giving, 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, followed by a celebration consisting of Rasta Music and food.

August – October 7th 1928 – Divine Kingship of Rastafari

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September 11th - Ethiopian New Year

This day represents a holiday, which is observed with a short Prayer.

November 2nd 1930 – Transfiguration Day

This represents the Transfiguration Day of Rastafari to Haile Selassie I, ‘Might of the Trinity’ fulfilling Revelation 5v5, “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has prevailed.” This day represents the Holy Day when Rastafari was acclaim ‘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 a short Prayer Service (e.g.,starting 3pm – 9pm). Then celebrate with Rasta Music, rice and peas, vegetables, fish, closing with a short Prayer of thanksgiving by the Priest with blessing.