15 glamorous photos of the festival around Nigeria

The celebration is a very cultural based occasion, tying individual Igbo communities together.

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Yams are the first crop to be harvested and are the most important crop of the region. The New Yam Festival is, therefore, a celebration depicting the prominence of yam in the social-cultural life of Igbo people.

The evening prior to the day of the festival, all old yams (from the previous year's crop) are consumed or discarded. This is because it is believed that the New Year must begin with tasty, fresh yams instead of the old dried-up crops of the previous year. The next day, only dishes of yam are served at the feast, as the festival is symbolic of the abundance of the produce.

In some communities, the celebration lasts a whole day, while in many places it may last a week or more.

Sights and Scenes From The Ugep International Leboku Festival 2017.

Ugep, sometimes called Umor or Umor Otutu is a town in Cross River State located in southern Nigeria.

Iriji NewYamFestival of Nkwelle Ezunaka, Anambra state.

Mmowu new yamfestival

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