BA­JUN CUL­TURE SHOW­CASE AT IDD-UL-HAJJ FES­TI­VAL

The Star (Kenya) - - Society -

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.

CAP­TIONS

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

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