The group, Revival Awareness and Perpetuation of African Culture (RAPAC ) will be holding a Libation ceremony this evening to herald in the Emancipation celebration in Berbice this year. According to coordinator, Minerva Peters, the activity will herald in two days of activities of celebration by the group.
This will be followed tomorrow with a day of traditional Emancipation activities. Both events will be held at the Guyana Teachers Union Hall (GTU) New Amsterdam.
The Libation, which is a practice done by pouring of a liquid as an offering in memory of those who have died is done on the night before emancipation.
The night’s activity will get underway at 21:30 hrs and is expected to end after midnight. During the night there will be a number of activities including African singing, dancing, drumming, story telling and African games. The libation itself will begin closer to midnight with the traditional dancing around a fire, the pouring of alcohol and coconut water.
Tomorrow, the activity will kick off at 10:00 hrs with a number of cultural activities and stage show African drumming, folk songs and dancing, skits, poems and storytelling.
Folk and ring games are also part of the day’s activity. The usual African foods including the popular Cook Up; Meta-Gee with fried and salted fish, other delicacies such as Quenches, Conkey and Cassava Pone, Calaloo in coconut milk and Foo Foo, will be on sale.
African drumming will lead the celebrations.
There will be various competitions where prizes will be given out to the best dressed male, female and family in African wear. Best hairstyle, eating and dancing competitions will also be on the cards.
According to Ms Peters, several groups are expected to be a part of the day’s activities, among them the Congo Naya cultural group and drummers, New Amsterdam Multilateral School, The Drop-In Centre, United Brick Layers, Sandvoort, Kortbradt and the Republicans among others.
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