Millions of pilgrims have arrived at Zion City, Moria, outside the city of Polokwane in South Africa’s northern Limpopo Province.
The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) is the largest religious grouping in South Africa with about four million members throughout the continent and the Middle East.
Engenas Lekganyane founded the ZCC in 1910, reportedly after he had a revelation from God. The church is unique in that it is one of the few African churches not founded by European missionaries.
The ZCC hires hundreds of buses and the railway company, Spoornet, arranges special trains for the vast number of pilgrims attending the three-day ceremony.
The church practices faith healing, dancing and purification rites. Its members are easily recognised by the polished metal five-pointed star on a green background they wear and are widely respected for their non-violent behaviour.