Giving thanks around the world
Celebrations in Africa
The African culture if rich with harvest festivals. The Yam Festival, usually held in August, is celebrated with harvest offerings to God and ancestors. The offerings are then shared among the peoples at the celebration. The Yam Festival is named after one of the most common African crops. Another popular festival is the ceremony of First Fruits, where newly harvested crops and the people to eat them are blessed and cleansed. The celebration of Kwanzaa actually originates from these First Fruit festivals.