September 11th is a religious holiday for members of the Rastafarian religion. This date coincides with their annual celebration of the Ethiopian new year, Associated Press reported this week.

The Rastafarian faith began in Jamaica during the 1930s as a reaction against the oppression of blacks and it then spread throughout the Caribbean. It centers upon cultic devotion to the deceased Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie as a “manifestation of God.”

Rastafarians are commonly known for their dreadlocks, music and use of marijuana. However, their beliefs are actually based upon the revitalizing of African historic roots and culture.

This year Rastafarian celebrations on September 11th were called off in remembrance of those who died in the United States on that date last year as a result of terrorist attacks.


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