A number of festivities are being held throughout Gauteng this week to celebrate Kwanzaa – a ritual to welcome the first fruits of the harvest.

The week-long celebration was first introduced and celebrated in the United States in 1966 as a response to the commercialism of Christmas and to help African-Americans reconnect with their African culture and heritage.

Kwanzaa South Africa says the celebration aims to unite people of many faiths to have a deeper understanding of their true African Heritage.

Kwanzaa South Afrika spokesperson Kenalemang Kgoroeadira says the value of faith has been eroded in Africa says:

“Kwanzaa is the time of unity, that is why people come from all over and even the diaspora and we share as an African family. We pray together as an African family. We call the ancestors, we remind our children to pray towards the god of Africa and stop praying towards the god of the colonist.”