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Libation Ceremony
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Before any celebration begins, it has to be called to order. One way is the Akan phrase: call - Ago and response - Ame, which means, "May I have you attention" and "You have my attention", respectively. Then, the master of ceremony must ask permission from the elders to commence. Once given, the libation ceremony may begin. It is tradition to pour libation in remembrance of our ancestors on all special occasions. It is usually passed throughout the family and community to promote the spirit of oneness. Kwanzaa allows us to reflect upon out African past and Pan African present and future. We pour in honor of Sankofa, an Ashanti word that means "Go back and fetch it," or learn from the past. We respond with ashe which means "so be it."

We use both hands to raise our kikombe cha umoja to the Creator of all things great and small to show our reverence for the original source of our live. - ashe

We use cool water which holds the essence of life to nourish our souls. - ashe

We give thanks for the Motherland Alkebulan, the cradle of civilization. - ashe

We call upon our ancestors and their indomitable spirit, for these forebearers are the foundation of our families. Immortalized in our thoughts, we call them by name: (the community may name persons who have moved on to another life.)

We call upon our elders, whose wisdom we seek in our endeavors. - ashe

We pour this libation so that we may show our children the importance of family, for "he who is not taught by his mother is taught by the world." This is for our youth who represent the promise of tomorrow. - ashe

We pour in remembrance of our struggle and all those who have struggled on our behalf. - ashe

We call upon our family and extended family members who would have been here if they could. We ask that they be with us in our thoughts. - ashe

We cast our libation to the North, the South, the East, and the West. - ashe, ashe, ashe

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