The Congress of Traditional Leaders (CONTRALESA) in partnership with Castle Milk Stout successfully launched South Africa’s very first Ancestor’s Day. Hosted in Bushbuckridge by Kgoshi Mokoena of the Royal Mathibela household, the event lived up to expectations as cultural leaders, activists and people from all walks of life converged at Elephant Point Lodge in Mpumalanga and other parts of the country to celebrate and honour African Spirituality.
CONTRALESA together with Castle Milk Stout have called upon the Department of Arts and Culture together with the Government to officially mark the 2nd weekend of May as an annual commemorative weekend or a public holiday to level the playing field with regards to adoption of other religious holidays which are commemorated annually.
Anchored by TV personality and Castle Milk Stout influencer Hulisani Ravele, the event lived up to its anticipated hype with incredible performances by award winning poet Lebo Mashile, dance group Thespian Fans, General-Secretary of CONTRALESA HRH Zolani Mkiva and supported by various cultural groups from the Mpumalanga province.
” At Castle Milk Stout we were thrilled by the outpouring support enjoyed from South Africans from all walks of life, who participated in various initiatives in honour of this day. As a brand that has been a custodian of African culture and heritage it was encouraging to see people use Social Media and other platforms to show their support of Ancestors Day, and now the journey begins to get an official status from national government” said Khensani Mkhombo, Castle Milk Stout Brand Manager.
Castle Milk Stout has called upon South Africans to add their signatures to a petition available on www.castlemilkstout.co.za , to enable the brand and its partners CONTRALESA to take the fight for official recognition to national government
“We are proud to authorise the establishment and inscription of the 8th of May as the day of the Ancestors. By virtue of the powers vested in us as natives of the Motherland, custodians of our land and leaders of the Institution of Traditional Governance, we declare this date as Ancestor’s Day and it shall be on an annual basis going forward. From now, African Spirituality will be mainstreamed in our society and this day will be a public holiday in due course .” concluded HRH Zolani Mkiva (MP)
Consumers can continue to showcase how they honour their ancestors by sharing on social media using the hashtag #AncestorsDay. They can also follow @CastleMilkStout to participate in the petition sign up to get Ancestor’s Day officially marked on the South African calendar.