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The third post in the series about the Hausa people and their culture is about the durbar. Wikipedia defines Durbar as  an annual festival celebrated in several cities of Nigeria.

It is celebrated at the culmination of Muslim festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his entourage on horses, accompanied by music players, and ending at the Emir’s palace.

Durbar festivals are organised in cities such as Kano, Katsina and Bida all in northern Nigeria.

The festivals are considered to be magnet to tourists who troops to these areas especially Kano to witness the celebration which includes display of horses and traditional colourful regalia.

Below are 2 clips from yotube about a part of the festival in Kano, northern Nigeria.

Written by danmakaranta

October 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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