It all started from Marcus Garvey’s prophecy about the next redeemer then Haile Selassie was crowned as the Emperor of Ethiopia. The people believed that he was the King on Garvey’s prophecy although Haile Selassie I did not regard himself as God. Grounation Day marks the date Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica way back 1966. It is the only time Jamaica was visited by the Emperor.
When is Grounation Day in 2017
Grounation Day will take place on Friday, 21st of April, 2017.
Grounation Day is always celebrated during the 21st of April.
Where is Grounation Day
Grounation Day is being celebrated by the Rastafarian at Jamaica.
The Origin of Grounation Day
The origin of Grounation Day is the 1966 visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica. It happened exactly on Thursday, 21st of April 1966. Rastafari all over Jamaica went to the airport to wait for Haile Selassie who they believed is the new redeemer. When Selassie arrived in the airport, the crowd surrounded the plane and after a half an hour, the door opened and Selassie appeared. The crowd produced a deafening chant accompanied by drums, firecrackers, waved signs and Abeng horns of Maroons. All the protocol was set aside when the crowd pressed past the airport security.
This event marks the Grounation Day. Grounation Day commemorates the first visit of Selassie to Jamaica.
What is Grounation Day
Rastafarian is considered as a holy day of the Rastafarian. During Grounation Day all the Rastafarian come together and set a camp for their Grounation Day activities. It is an all day, all night celebration. Rastafarian brothers sat in a circle with a chalice of herb, it is a Cutchie or Chillum pipe then it is passed on the left. It should be on the left side to signify the left as being closest to the heart. The Ganja herb was used for this activity because it was reportedly seen growing in the grave of King Solomon. It is also known as the Wisdom weed and it became part of the Rastafarian religious rituals.
Although Haile Selassie was belief as the next messiah by the Rastafari, he himself even denied it. He did not claimed that he is the reincarnation of Jesus.
Activities during Grounation Day
The activity of Grounation day includes prayers, chanting of songs, biblical passages and poems. The Akete drum is an essential part of the Rastafarian chanting. The Rastafarian brothers will dance around the Akete and they were shouting phrases “Jah Rastafari!” “Babylon must fall!” “Selassie High!”.
When is Grounation Day in 2018
Grounation Day will be held on Saturday, 21st of April 2018.