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Happy New Year. Seereer : Ngam jam, o yas jam

Posted by The Seereer Resource Centre on January 1, 2014 at 2:00 AM

The SRC would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. May all your wishes come to fruition. As people of the land, a New Year has both an agricultural significance and a religious one in Seereer culture. In an agricultural sense, we pray for rain and a happy harvest. This is well summed up by the Seereer proverb and prayer: "Ngam jam, o yas jam" (rain in peace! Sow in peace). This is the way our Seereer ancestors used to wish one another Happy New Year during the first rain. In a religious sense, it recounts the narrative of Ngam - which details the first time rain occurred on planet earth according to the Seereer creation narrative. Happy New Year. Ngam jam, o yas jam.

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