The Rastafarian Earth Festival has been in full swing this week with followers of the faith from all across the country (and even further afield, from as far as Jamaica and Zimbabwe), coming together for this annual spiritual union.
This annual festival, which runs from the 22nd to 31st of July 2016, is a very significant time on their calendar as July 23rd marks the birthday (or what they refer to as the 'earth day') of the Rastafarian's spiritual messiah, His Majesty Haile Selassie I. The festival honours this special date on their religious calendar and is an important celebration for our vibrant Knysna community. Visitors are welcome to attend and the festival therefore also serves as a platform for these residents to openly share with others the traditions and roots of their faith.
The festival includes 7 days of Nyahbingh (church) services, which serve as spiritual cleansing for the members, and is then followed by the Reggae Music Splash, which takes place this weekend on the Hornlee Sports grounds and promises to be a jamming event complete with great music and great vibes.
There is a fantastic line up of bands this year, including the Black Stars, JJ Zebulon, Reggae Ambassadors, the Country Conquerors and the Zion Youth Band. There will be lots of food and refreshments available as well as stalls selling arts and crafts.
The cost is R60 per adult and R20 per child.
(Visitors are kindly requested to respect the customs of the community, which include the ban on the use of alcohol and tobacco.)