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African harvest festivals have a lot of religious connotations. African harvest festivals are characterized with lot of dancing and singing. Dancers wear traditional masks and outfits. Each dance sequence unfolds a unique story. Festival of Yams is a popular harvest festival celebrated with days of ceremonies and offerings to God and ancestors. It is later distributed among the village folk. It is usually held in the month of August, marking the end of rainy season.

Homowo-meaning hooting at hunger, is another popular festival of Africa. It is the largest cultural festival of its kind. The Homowo festival commences with a traditional procession with local Africans portraying the role of kings and queens. The ceremony of 'First Fruits' is popular in various states of Africa. It involves blessing the newly harvested crops and purifying people before eating food.