The Christmas season is a special time when family and friends get together to have fun and create memories that last a lifetime. There are many Christmas traditions that have developed over years.In the vast majority of countries they celebrate, Christmas as a reason for family gatherings, toast for peace and prosperity.The weather softens, the sky is more transparent and the different species have their moment of flowering Christmas, although today is globally widespread and celebrated by both practitioners and atheists, is one of the most important traditions of Christianity. It symbolizes the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem and is celebrated on December 25 in the Catholic churches, in the Anglican and in some Protestant communities. In Rastafarian philosophy it is celebrated on January 7.
The Rastafari movement considers Haile Selassie I to be Jah's third reincarnation, after Melchizedek and Jesus. This religion originated in the 1930s in the slums of Kingston Jamaican capital and in the adjacent rural sectors. This spiritual current holds that the black population, descendants of slaves captured by the white man, must return to the promised land, Zion - located in Ethiopia is for this reason that practitioners of this religion celebrate their Christmas in the same date celebrated in ethiopia Rastafarians are monotheists, they believe in a unique vision of Yahweh Jah , whom they see as the essence in the form of the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and the Most Holy of creation . The Rastafarians say that Jah, in the form of the Most Holy Creator, lives within each one of us.
As I had expressed in previous paragraphs, the Rasta Spiritual current is connected with Ethiopia, its Christmas is governed by the old Julian calendar.
The Christmas celebration of the Dreadlocks is based on the Bible and the traditions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. They called this special day Lidät, a difference from what the Catholic church used to call it. It comes from an Amharic word that means birthday. They celebrate lidat on January 7.
Rastafarian culture believes that this is the true day that Christ was born by the arrival of the Three Kings to Bethlehem to see the Christ child based on the Bible.
Friends here we can observe the biblical foundation of the Rastafari theory if we go to ours in the following verses:
Matthew 2: 1-2 King James Version (NIV)
The visit of the magicians
2 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, some magicians came from the east to Jerusalem,
The celebration of Christmas in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is called Genna. On Christmas Eve, it is January 6, many people are in the habit of fasting throughout the day until dawn, preparing the soul and body. Fasting consists in stopping eating food of animal origin such as meat, fish, eggs or milk On the morning of Genna, people dress in white, most people wear a traditional dress called shamma, formed by a white cotton fabric with brightly colored stripes on the ends and used as a kind of mantle .
In the Rastas homes a great party is prepared. No tree, no snow, no mistletoe. The main decoration represents the scene of the manger, where the Magi pay homage to the Child. Tradition says that Balthasar, the black magician king of Ethiopian origin, brought incense. And only the children received gifts. On this day, the children played a game similar to hockey called Genna is played with wooden sticks finished in a curve with those who hit a lamb knee bone prepared as a ball, make two teams and win the one that scores the most goals.
Another tradition is to listen to drum music and praise songs. The latter being the tradition that is most attached to the Rastafari people who celebrate the birth of Christ, meditation, prayer and Nyabinghi chants are performed.
Rasta culture has a great similarity with the Christian religion in the sense that Christmas is a time to share in a rare family the people who celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ. Currently this date has become a bit materialistic but it is still an era of great happiness and positive energy.
Greetings and greetings! There are only a few days left and it is Christmas. We will spread peace and love this Christmas season. Jah bless you! ..