BAJUN CULTURE SHOWCASE AT IDD-UL-HAJJ FESTIVAL
There was pomp and color at Kizingitini Island in Lamu East constituency as over 20,000 residents and visitors turned up for the third annual Idd-ul-Hajj festival that showcases the ancient Bajun culture.
The dhow race, one of the key cultural practice of locals, was the main attraction with over 20 contestants taking part in the race. Event organiser, Lamu East MP Athman
Shariff Ali, described this year’s fete as much bigger than the previous one, and its main aim was to promote the Bajuni culture and help boost the economy.
Kizingitini is one of the many islands in the remote part of Lamu County and borders Kiiwayu Island which was once a key tourism attraction center
The festival attracted residents from, Pate, Siu, Faza, Chundwa, Mbajumwali, Iyabogi, Ndau in Kizingitini Island, Lamu, Shela, Matondoni in Lamu Island, Boni community, Malindi, Mombasa and Nairobi.
1. The dhow race during Idd-ul-Hajj festival in Kizingitini. 2. Popular Lamu artist Thenge who performed. 3. Lamu East MP Shariff Athman. 4. Bajuni traditional goma dancers perfoming. 5. Ahmed Sofibwana alias Kunazi who won the elders race celebrates his victory. 6. Youths take part in the donkey race competition. / ALPHONCE GARI 5