The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contraleza) has called for the proclamation of Ancestors’ Day on May 8 as a national holiday.
This, they said, ensures that there will be a day of recognition of African spirituality, which will be celebrated with ceremonies and rituals honoring ancestors.
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This year, the day was celebrated in the Cradle of Mankind in the city of Magale, west of Johannesburg, through music, art and conversations that honored the diversity of African spirituality.
CONTRALESA Secretary General Zalani Mkiwa says this day is very important for Africans.
“It’s about self-love, self-encouragement, about reclamation and recovery. And also about re-affirming oneself as a relative. We are from a very bad background where we are hated in our own space. We are in an African country and we cannot walk alone, leaving ourselves spiritually behind. We cannot go alone, leaving our ancestors behind, ”Mkiva said.