Published On: Tue, Mar 29th, 2016

Harvest festival Seú parade a great success

SeuWILLEMSTAD - 43 groups presented yesterday the Marcha di Seu 2016 or the Harvest festival. More than 4,000 participants walked in the parade under the tight supervision of the police.

The annual harvest festival, Seú, dates back to the 17th century when slaves would gather together in the kunuku (countryside) to pick the harvest at the end of growing season. A good harvest consisted of sorghum stalks, pumpkins, peanuts, watermelons, cucumbers, peppers, and other vegetables. Some years tended to be better than others depending on awa seru (‘water from the hills’). Needless to say, manual harvesting in our hot equatorial sun was by far the most labor intensive activity of the entire growing season, but leave it to our grandinan (ancestors) to turn the hardcore chore into one big happy Seú celebration… for the ages and all ages!

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