COMMUNITY members of Marhambeni village outside Umzimkhulu celebrated the traditional Umkhosi Wokweshwama (the festival of the first fruit) last Saturday. Traditional leaders and government officials from Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) attended and dressed in traditional outfits.Villagers are using their land to produce maize, pumpkin, butternut and potatoes to fight poverty. At the event, women used three-legged pots and cooked traditional African food like rice, potatoes, maize porridge and umngqusho (samp and beans) on an open fire. People sang traditional songs, danced, played stick-fighting games and there was horse racing for entertainment. Virginity testing of young girls was promoted and many young girls were tested as a means of ensuring that they stay away from any sexual activity until they got married.At the event, acting chief Masoldati Ntlabathi encouraged people to use land for food production.He said it is their culture to allow the chief to taste the first harvest before people from the village can start eating. “We learnt this way of living from our forefathers and our children are also learning from us. This event brings unity among the people,” said Ntlabathi. He thanked sponsors for their support.