Durbar Festival in Nigeria



A Durbar festival is 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.

Interesting Features of Durbar Festival

  • Thousands of warrior horsemen race onto a dusty parade ground in front of the Emir’s palace marking the start the annual Durbar festivals in Northwestern Nigeria.
  • Horseman clad in colorful robes, indigo turbans, ostrich feathers and glistening swords honor their Emir who enters the parade shielded from the sun by a massive twirling parasol.
  • In the northern reaches of Nigeria lies two cities, Kano and Katsina, both famous for Durbar festivals.

If you are planning a Travel to Nigeria in the Month of June then to become the audience of this festival is worth.

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