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Not only celebrating bumper harvest, the Lempn Zaar is also a unique cultural celebration to re-enacting past traditions.
Yearly, people troop to Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State for the gathering of the Zaar or Sayawa tribe as the drums beat in celebration of bumper harvest called the Lempn Zaar.
The Zaar people, according to history, set aside a month to harvest their crops and thank God for good yields after toiling on their farms.
The Zaars occupy Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local governments of the state.
On the day of the celebration, people dressed in colourful attires, trooped out in their thousands to the venue of Lempn Zaar and the whole place turned into frenzy.
The royalty, guests and other dignitaries watched different processions of traditional dancers amidst drumming and singing.
Men, women as well as old and the young took part in the procession which was the main attraction of the festival.
While some persons dressed in unique traditional attires to capture old traditional practice, others adopted the red, black and white colours of the Sayawa tribe.
Most elderly people dressed in flowing Babanriga with a long black, white and red coloured scarf hung from the neck with similar coloured caps.
The Chief Host and Zaar paramount ruler, Gung Zaar, Air Commodore Ishaku Komo (rtd) raised his hands as he took his seat, to appreciate his subjects for helping to keep the traditions.
Flanked by his palace guards while he sits with his wife by his side, the Gung Zaar, was the center of attraction, with his splendid regalia made of the traditional red, black and white colours.
Also, various traditional rulers added colour to the event. The Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, who is also the state chairman of traditional council, sent his best wishes to the Sayawa people on their special occasion.
Other traditional rulers present are; the Mai Tangle, in Gombe State, Abdu Buba Maisheru, the Kpop Gwang, Colonel Paul Zakka-Wyoms (rtd) and the Mai Gunduman Bogoro, Mr Nuhu Tafida, who was also co-host of the cultural festival.
At a point, a “special detachment” of people dressed in ancient traditional attire converged on the center of the venue. Confined to a small circled place, facing the Gung Zaar, they sang and danced.
The group, consisting of barechested people, holding bows and arrows, axes and other crude weapons with earthen wares on their heads spent time dancing and singing, while some moved towards the Gung Zaar for his blessings.
As they moved back and forth, the Gung Zaar also took a few royal steps to meet them while they knelt before him.
After, a while, they ran back and came together with the others and faced the Gung Zaar, who later rose to join them as the beating of the drums continued.
Soon afterwards, the Gung Zaar formally declared the Lempn Zaar festival open and the cultural display began in earnest.
Groups comprising of traditional musicians, women, men young and old from Sayawa neighbouring villages as well as their neighbours from Plateau State took part in the celebration, with special performances.
The cultural procession was a show of multiple colourful attires, as each group tried to outdo the other with their outfits. The National President of Zaar Development Association (ZDA) worldwide, Engineer Isuwa Galla tasked the Sayawa people on unity of purpose, urging them to work hard to develop their communities.
Engineer Galla also pleaded with the Bauchi State government to return the local government headquarters to Tafawa Balewa, as according to him, peace has returned to the area.
The local government headquarters was relocated to Bununu, a neighbouring town following incessant crises in Tafawa Balewa.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the Lempn Zaar, celebration was a testimony to the fact that peace has returned to the area.
He therefore stressed the need for communities with adherents of various faiths and diverse sociocultural backgrounds to embrace one another and live in peace.
Terwase Orbunde, the guest speaker and Chief of Staff to the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, called on ethnic minorities in the country to unite and forge a common front.
Chairman of the occasion, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, sent a delegation led by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Bashir Garba.
Professor Garba said the delegation was happy to witness the Lempn Zaar cultural festival, adding that they were impressed by the hospitality and rich culture of the people.
He said that the people of Sokoto State would always be happy to extend their hands of friendship to the people of Zaar and participate in the celebration of their culture and development.
The Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, who was represented by a former Member, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Mrs Rifkatu Samson Danna, called for peaceful coexistence among the various people living in the state.
He said only continued peace would allow meaningful development to take place in the state and advised the people to shun hostilities and divisive statements that will inflame crises.
The Gung Zaar giving his royal blessings during the Lempn Zaar celebrations in Tafawa Balewa Balarabe Alkassim
A women group at the event
A group of dancers, mainly in animal skin attire at the event
A group of comedians add colour to the festival