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About the Rastafarian Earth Festival

The vibrant Rastafarian community of Knysna invites Rastas and visitors from all walks of life, from South Africa and abroad to participate in the annual Rasta Earth Festival. This colourful, rich festival celebrates the Rastafarian way of life - their food and music, as well as the philosophy behind this sometimes misunderstood faith.

Judah Square in Knysna plays host to ten days of ceremonies, music and art exhibitions - all in celebration of His Majesty Haile-I Selassie-I's Earthday (Birthday) and Emancipation Day. The festival includes seven days of church ceremonies (Nyahbingh) and guides will be on hand to explain the rituals and sacred rites. Two days of Music Splash will ensure that everyone dances to the same beat before the festival concludes with the Emancipation Celebration, celebrating the abolition of slavery.

The Day of Emancipation starts with dancing and the singing of traditional songs before participants and guests are treated to hot chocolate and bread. Rastafari wear traditional clothing, but everyone is encouraged to join in and celebrate their freedom.

Judah Square in Knysna was established in 1993 and is the administrative Rasta capital of the southern cape. For more information on the Rasta Earth Festival, accommodation options and other fun things to do and see in the beautiful town of Knysna.

Venue: Judah Square

To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book your accommodation well in advance for this event. Visit the Knysna Accommodation pages to find guest houses, hotels and self catering places to stay and for additional info about Knysna which includes attractions, restaurants and things to do, see Knysna Info.

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This event has already taken place22-28 July 2016

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