CHIPATA, Feb. 26, 2017 - Ngoni people dance during the Ncwala ceremony in Chipata, Zambia, Feb. 25, 2017. Traditional leaders and residents of Chipata town in eastern Zambia on Saturday celebrated in pomp and splendor the Ncwala ceremony to mark the first harvests of the season. According to local traditions, when the crops ripen in February, the first fruits are given to Paramount Chief Mpezeni as a sacramental meal and thanksgiving to God and the ancestors, which is the essence of the ceremony.

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