5 Pan African Holidays That Should Be Observed All Over The World

3. Festival of the Ancestors – August 18

One of the many ways the Ancestors are remembered during the African Holidays that venerate those who have ascended.
One of the many ways the Ancestors are remembered during the African Holidays that venerate those who have ascended.

Since the first great African Civilizations, we understood the important role our Ancestors played in our lives.

August 18th was first commemorated in Ancient Kemet as the Wag festival – a day in honor of the dead and the Neteru associated with death and afterlife in Kemetic philosophy.

Since then, similar holidays have been practiced across the African Diaspora. In fact, nearly every African society – from Brazil and Haiti to Gabon and Australia – has a holiday specifically devoted to Ancestral veneration.

Celebrate this holiday by constructing your Ancestral shrine, visiting the burial places of your direct ancestors, and by honoring our collective ancestors by visiting their resting places.

Written by Asad Malik

Asad is the Executive Officer of The Pan-African Alliance, and the Founder of United Black America.

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Just Sum Guy

I’ll observe the holidays of other nations when I’m in those other nations as a demonstration of respect and deference to that nations people and culture, but otherwise I’ll have to pass and continue to celebrate my own. How about ideas on making black solidarity day more meaningful?