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Today marks the first day of First Fruits!

Earlier this evening First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. began the annual 32 day celebration of First Fruits/Kwanzaa. First Fruits, Minister Evans explained, is an African tradition involving the first food harvest that is celebrated all throughout the African continent. In some African cultures, the men celebrate First Fruits separate from the women and in other African cultures both sexes celebrate First Fruits together. First Fruits is also mentioned in the Old Testament. At the conclusion of Minister Evans' story, he instructed the students to look up what is the final organ that is developed in the fetus. The three children in attendance blew the seven candles. At the Institute, First Fruits is celebrated from Dec. 1-25, followed by Kwanzaa from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.


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