EWF(St. Lucia) Celebrates Ethiopian New Year
On Sunday 12th September the Ethiopian World Federation Inc.(St. Lucia) held celebrations of the Ethiopian New Year or the Enkutatash(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enkutatash
) . The date, 1st (of the Ethiopian month of) Meskerem, would normally coincide with 11th September according to the Gregorian calendar which is commonly used in the West. However, since it is a leap year, it falls on 12th September.
The program dubbed ''The Science of Life'' which was held at Kenty's Yard on Riverside Road in Castries began at approximately 4:00pm. An Ethiopian flag donned the back of the stage and at various points around the yard were famed posters looking at various aspects of African history.
The proceedings began with greetings and a general introduction by Ras Kwesi in which he explained the origins of the Ethiopian World Federation and briefly outlined the program for the evenings activity. He further went on to deliver prayers in Amharic and welcomed the audience to enjoy the rest of the program.
The first presenter Ras Wadadli shared an excerpt of a speech by H.I.M Haile Selassie on the goal of African Unity(Link to full speech: http://www.blackpast.org/1963-haile-selassie-towards-african-unity
) . He also made mention of challenges among Rastafari and African people generally to unite.
The program continued with Sister Saloma who delivered one of two poems she would share during the program. The poem entitled ''Food For Thought'' spoke about the struggles faced by persons sometimes to be themselves. She reminded persons to ''be aware and have no fear''.
The second part of the program included a number of presentations. In the first presentation Ras Kwesi returned to speak about ''Becoming the greatest version of yourself''. He pointed out the predominance of European cultural influence on how many aspects of society are viewed. In particular he felt that our understanding of relationships and the family were heavily influenced by European culture and in particular Romanticism and the idea of the romantic relationship. Ras Kwesi also spoke about how our personal and family histories impact our relationship to ourselves. He pointed out how trauma impacted us personally and in our relationships.
The next presenter Ras Kether spoke of the Medu Neter or Egyptian(Kemetic) writing system. He pointed out that many later religions derive concepts from the more ancient Egyptian(Kemetic) system. During his presentation he explained the tree of life during which he shared various books by Ra Un Nefer Amen.
Ras Kether's presentation was followed by another poem by Sister Saloma entitled ''Escape''. A brief intermission followed during which persons were able to get eats on sale at the Lalibela Restaurant.
Ras Modongo(Get Through) presented on his personal experience coming up in Rastafari and the importance of being true to one's word. He explained that the root of many mishaps was persons not being true to their word and of persons understanding things very differently.
The final presentation given by Wsir Maat Ra entitled ''The End of Superstition: As above so below'' covered a wide range of issues. His presentation too examined the connection of Egypt to later ideas.
The program ended at approximately 9:00pm.