Rastafari Earth Festival

The annual Rastafari Earth Festival takes place from the 22nd to 30th of July 2019. July 23rd marks the 127th birthday (or what they refer as the ‘earth day’) of the Rastafarian’s spiritual messiah. The spiritual messiah is also called His Majesty Haile Selassie I. They honor this special date on their religious calender. It is a joyous and colourful celebration of this fascinating and vibrant Knysna community. It also serves as a platform for these residents to openly share with others the traditions and roots of their faith. Knysna is in the heart of the Garden Route. Moreover, it is surrounded by other Garden Route Destinations with different things to do.

Judah Square is South Africa’s largest Rastafarian community. It is based in a small river valley in the Khayalethu township of Knysna. It was established in 1993 in a stance of solidarity against the suppression of their religious and social belief systems. This community was a largely misunderstood and marginalised minority before Judah Square was formed.

There are a lot of activities in which people can engage in during the Rastafari Earth Festival. Click on things to do in Knysna to see more of the activities to engage in during this festive season. To see more about places to stay in Knysna and where to eat in Knysna click the highlighted links.

Click here, 127th Rastafari Earth Festival to read more about this particular event and the religion. Rastafari is also known as Rastafarianism. It is an Abrahamic religion that developed in Jamaica during the 1930s. Scholars of religion and related fields have classified it as both a new religious movement and a social movement. Rastas refer to their beliefs, which are based on a specific interpretation of the Bible, as “Rastalogy”.