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Herero Day

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Location:

Namibia - Windhoek

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From: 2014.08.30 To: 2014.08.31

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This local festival is unique to the Herero people of Okahandja, a little town that's around an hour's drive north of the Namibian capital, Windhoek. On Herero Day, the clans wear traditional dress and parade through town to honour their war dead. The women wear elaborate dresses based on a style introduced by German missionaries in the 19th century, with long-sleeved jackets and bodices over voluminous skirts. Topping off each ensemble is a huge cloth headdress shaped like cow horns, a symbol of wealth in traditional Herero culture. The day is a day of celebration filled with pageantry and festivities.

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