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From: 2013.09.15 To: 2013.09.16
Twice a year, during the Muslim festivals of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Nigeria’s horsey traditions take centre stage throughout the country, drawing large crowds of curious visitors. The festival dates back to the Middle Ages, when warlords and their militia were expected to attend the durbars to demonstrate their loyalty to their superiors and their willingness to take up arms if needed. Since then, the festival has become something of a star tourist attraction, particularly in Kano and Katsina. Turbaned warriors, princes and the emir gallop through the streets, armed with glittering spears and swords and clad in colourful, embroidered gowns. With the ornately dressed horses rivalling their riders’ splendour, the procession makes for a magnificent sight. After the emir retreats to his palace, the dancing and singing continues well into the night.