Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie
From: Thursday, November 1 2007, 8:00 pm
to: Friday, November 2 2007, 7:59 pm
The date of the coronation of Haile Selassie I, former Emperor of Ethiopia and central figure of the Rastafarian faith, is celebrated by Rastafarians throughout the world as one of the most sacred days of their calendar.
Haile Selassie's birthname was Tafari Mekonnen. He was crowned Emperor in 1930, assuming the name of Haile Selassie ("Might of the Trinity"), and to his followers he was known as the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God, Light of this World, King of Zion, said to be the 225th restorer of the Solomonic Dynasty.
He reigned with a firm and politically progressive (though autocratic) hand until 1974, when he was deposed in a military coup following famines and economic turmoil in the country. He was put under house arrest by the military authorities and lived confined in his domicile for the remaining years of his life. In the end he was reported as dying of natural causes, but the suspicion hangs in the air that he may have been strangled on the orders of the military.