Yam is the most important crop and the staple food of the Igbo people. It is also the first crop to be harvested. At the end of the rainy season in early August, the New Yam Festival is held, symbolizing the conclusion of a harvest and the beginning of the next work cycle. The New Yam Festival is a celebration depicting the prominence of yam in the social and cultural life of the Igbo people. Celebration is very culturally based occasion, tying individual Igbo communities together as essentially agrarian and dependent on yam.