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Ethiopian and Rastafarian Holy Days and Holidays
January 3rd
Mawlid al-Nabi
(Birth of the Prophet)
January 7th
Ethiopian Christmas
Rastafarians observe this as a holiday.
January 19th

January 20th
in a leap year
Timket (Epiphany)
Timket is a religious festival celebrated with much zeal in Addis Ababa, Gondar, and Lalibela in
Ethiopia. It is also spelled as Timkat or Timqat. The festival is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of
Epiphany and venerates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan. Although the festival is observed by
orthodox Christians all over the world, in Ethiopia it takes on a special significance as it is the most
colourful event of the year in the country. The most relevant symbol of the festival is colourful
embroidered umbrellas that protect the sacred Tabot and the priests carrying the Tabot.

March 2
Victory of Adowa
May 5
(27 Miyaza)
Fasika (Passover)
(Patriots Victory Day)
This day represents a major Holy Day with service starting at 11am.  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, closing with a prayer from the Priest.
May 28
Downfall of the Dergue
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 23
(16 Hamle)
Birthday of Tafari
In the year of John 16th of Hamle 1884 = 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 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 11am, followed by a celebration
consisting of Rasta music and food.
July 28
Eid al-Fitr
(End of Ramadan)
September 11
Ethiopian New Year
This day represents a holiday, which is, observed with a short Prayer Service starting 11am.
September 26
September 27
Finding of the True
Cross (Meskel)**
October 4
Eid-al Adha
October 7
(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 2
(2 Tikimt)
Transfiguration Day
Transfiguration Day Service and Celebration

November 2nd 1930 –  This represents the Transfiguration Day of Ras Tafari to 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 represents the
Holy Day when Rastafari was acclaimed ‘Negus Nagast’ King of kings 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 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.

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