As the National Harvest Day was being celebrated over the weekend, Rwandans in Sacramento, California, USA also marked the day on Saturday, August 26th, 2017.
Umuganura is a traditional feast of the first harvest that was widely observed in ancient Rwanda, a celebration that is resurfacing in Rwanda’s customs today. The goal for this celebration was to assess the harvest and encourage social cohesion in communities through hard work.
This year’s Umuganura festivities were held under the theme “Umuganura, a source of unity and foundation of self-reliance.”
During the celebrations in Sacramento, California, H.E. Ambassador MathildeMukantabana explained the historical context of Umuganura and talked about its significance in Rwanda’s nation building, unity, and reconciliation. “Umuganura goes beyond economic aspiration, it is also a moment to reflect on what we have to invest as Rwandans in our daily lives, to ensure that we are a dignified people, striving to always be better today than we were yesterday,” said Ambassador Mukantabana.
In a symbolic gesture, Ambassador Mukantabana and the Sacramento community leader YehoyadaMbangukira gave milk to children and shared traditional Rwandan foods with those present. In true Rwandan fashion, the evening was also graced with traditional music and poetry.