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Rastafari Ceremonies,
Rasta Festivals



Rastafari Ceremonies, Rasta Festivals

There are two types of Rasta religious ceremonies:


A reasoning is a simple event where the Rastas gather; smoke "ganja" (marijuana); and discuss ethical, social and religious issues. The person honoured by being allowed to light the herb says a short prayer before doing so, and it is always passed in a clockwise fashion.

Binghi or Grounation

A binghi or grounation is a holiday; the word binghi is believed to refer originally to an ancient, and now extinct, order of militant blacks in eastern Africa that vowed to end oppression. Binghis are marked by much dancing, singing, feasting and the smoking of ganja, and can last for several days.

Important dates where grounations may take place are:

January 7 - Ethiopian Christmas

February 6 - Bob Marley's birthday

April 21 - The anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie I's visit to Jamaica. Also known as Grounation Day.

July 23 - The birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie I

August 17 - The birthday of Marcus Garvey

November 2 - The coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I

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