Ancestors Day is welcomed

The National Heritage Council (NHC) congratulates the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA) in partnership with Castle Milkstout for the successful inauguration of Ancestors Day dedicated to African spirituality – held at the Mathibela Royal Palace in Mpumalanga on 08 May 2021.

“This is a step in the right direction following the outcry from the African spirituality, heritage community and traditional leaders on the decaying of our identity as Africans and with the private sector playing a role in preserving and promoting our African heritage,” said Acting CEO of the NHC, Ms Louisa Mabe.

Ancestors Day is observed as a day that celebrates and honours African spirituality. CONTRALESA urges the public to use the day as an opportunity to educate and impart cultural learnings especially to the younger generation to ensure that culture and traditions are observed for years to come.

The NHC supports the initiative and hope that the enthusiastic heritage and African spirituality community will embrace the Ancestors Day as it becomes an annual celebration. It is also significant to the continent because the 8th May is within Africa month which the African Union has dedicated to celebrating Africanness.

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