Back to our Roots

“Traditions are our roots and a profile of who we are as individuals and who we are as a family. They are our roots, which give us stability and a sense of belonging – they ground us.” Lidia Bastianich

The end of September which was also Heritage Month in South Africa we celebrated how diverse our country is with it’s rich history and culture.

The last weekend of September the community of Elim celebrated with the bi-annual Erfenis Fees, a festival that brings the Moravian community from far and wide back to their roots. This year was interesting to me as I heard that their were members of the Khoe-Sān tribe going to walk from The Castle Of Goodhope in Cape Town all the way to Elim, a journey of over 200km this was definitely the embodying the the saying “Taking it back to our Roots”.


Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility. -Gary Snyder

Elim for many Moravians is a place of solice and peace, the smell of fresh air in the morning, looking out your door and greeting the person that walks past your house with a smile, a big hello or a wave is what makes this place special.

“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley

There are many traditions that are religiously upheld in the community, yes things have changed over the years but the core values have and will always prevail….love for your neighbour, keeping God and the Church at the centre of it all will remain the drawcard that brings us all back.

“Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.” ― Henry Ford

It was a festive atmosphere with various acts, from the community and local well-known artists entertaining the crowd, we all enjoyed ourselves and look forward to these festivals each year.

“Don’t worry God has gone before you and prepared the way. Just keep walking.” – Unknown

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