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One of the largest African heritage events in the Jamaican cultural calendar, Fi Wi Sinting is held on a Sunday in February at Nature’s Way, 5km east of Buff Bay. An African marketplace offers robes, batiks and jewelry, and performances are staged throughout the day. In a moving ritual, the official celebration comes to a close when libation is poured in remembrance of those who survived the ‘middle passage,’ a term designating the passage of slaves to Jamaica from Africa. A boat covered in flowers is released into the sea. The festival provides a rare opportunity to witness Kumina drumming, a tradition with direct ties to Africa, believed to be a form of communication with the dead. A Kumina drum circle keeps a sizable crowd dancing deep into the night.