New Year’s Eve traditions in Africa and the diaspora

Nduta Waweru December 31, 2018
New Year's Eve traditions in Africa and the diaspora
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In Brazil, the Candomble and Umbanda worshippers spend New Year’s Eve honouring the Goddess of the Sea, Yemanja.  During this Afro-Brazilian festival, the worshippers wear the colours of the goddess, white, silver, and blue, and offer her offerings including flowers and statues of her.  They also offer their prayers and supplications by sending them in little boats, which, they believe, if sent back means that the goddess has rejected the offerings and thus the wish will not be graned. 

Last Edited by:Nduta Waweru Updated: December 31, 2018


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