Different countries, different cultures, similar practices. Cacao farmers all over the world thank mother nature, deities, saints, and ancestors for all the elements allowing them to produce cocoa: rain, water, and earth.
Each culture has different ceremonies or rituals to express their respect and joy.
"This song is about cocoa, about the farmers who make cocoa. It's the traditional dance known as the 'Sacalava Antakarana' from the Maganja region. [...] It is dedicated to our ancestors and our land." Henry Aristide, Technical coordinator for the environment and ecotourism
"Another concept is for example the one that Mayas and Chontal Maya people have. One of the important ceremonies performed with cocoa has to do precisely with goblins." Miguel Ángel Rubio, PHD in Anthropology, Responsible at INAH Mexico DF
"We give thanks to nature, give thanks to the rain, to the water, to the ground. For a whole year of work, for a whole year of health, for a whole year of harvest." Bernardino Montero, Culture Manager at CDI, Nacuja, Tabasco