Rewind — Durbar Festival

I have been dying to write about this for weeks, but I decided to put it on hold to concentrate on my 30-day writing challenge which lasted throughout the month of June.

The challenge was a success by the way, and I am glad to be back on track writing about my personal tales.

So here is the gist, I witnessed the most colorful festival last month, the durbar festival.

Durbar festival is an annual festival celebrated in several northern cities in Nigeria. This festival marks the end of Ramadan and it is accompanied by entertainment and cultural displays.

The day began with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his entourage on horses to the square.

The square was filled up with spectators adorned in their native regalia, waiting patiently for the arrival of the Emir and his entourage.

There was a spectacular horse racing competition shortly after the arrival of the Emir, by the male members of the royal family.

The event continued with several groups of men and women coming to pay homage and salute the Emir who responded by raising his hand in acknowledgment.

Troops upon troops of entertainers such as praise singers, drummers, jesters, magicians, acrobats, and dancers took the floor next.

The festival which began in the late hours of the afternoon eventually came to an end with the crowd converging at the Emir’s palace.

Corps members were received with warmth as we sat in the lush and beautifully decorated Palace to listen to a brief speech by the Emir.

The Durbar festival was definitely one of the major highlights of my NYSC experience in Niger state, Nigeria.

I heartily welcome you to the month of July!💕

P.S: Another awesome and unforgettable delight I had the opportunity of experiencing in Niger state was their popular drink. Click here to read all about it.

P.S.S: Twitter stories are back! Stay tuned every Sunday as usual. Click here to check out previous episodes.

Have you ever witnessed a similar festival? Let me know in the comment section.

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