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LUMEN8Anacostia: The ADACI and African Heritage Dancers & Drummers Annual River Purification Ceremony

The African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI) and the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers performing their annual river purification ceremony. Photo Still of “The Procession” by Zama Cook.

 

Event: Saturday, June 16 from 11am – 1pm

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Editor’s Note: while the events of the LUMEN8 Festival Finale will take place Saturday June 16 from 6-11pm, this event, which takes place from 11-1pm is a must-see.  It coincides with three months of arts programming in the heart of Historic Anacostia.

 

The African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI) in conjunction with the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers will perform their annual river purification ceremony.  The event begins at the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers Center located at 1320-B Good Hope RD SE.  After a ceremonial dance, participants form a procession and move down Good Hope RD to the Anacostia River.  Opening prayers and libations will also take place at the African Heritage Center, 1320 Good Hope Road SE. In accordance with many religious traditions, participants in the river procession are invited to wear white clothing to the spiritual healing ceremony.

This is the 20th year of the ceremony which supports healing, educating, and uplifting the community.

African spiritual traditions associate water as the source of all life, manifesting in expressions of health, fertility, cleansing and purification. The concept of water as a source of life and healing in mind, body, and soul is found in almost all religious practices, including Christianity, Islam, and the Bahá’í Faith which utilize water as an important symbol of purification.

From 6-9pm the ADACI will commemorate it’s 20th anniversary with a celebration at the Nigerian Embassy.  For more information about this event, please contact Karla Wynn Diouf (443) 570-5667, Paula Wright Coleman (301) 455-8348 or Eurica Huggins (202) 558-2187

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