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Event Name Mwaka Kogwa Festival Makunduchi*
Event Dates Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2014
Est. Attendees 2,000
Mwaka Kogwa Festival Makunduchi is an event that takes place from Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2014 and may cause room availability issues or hotel rates to increase.
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Mwaka Kogwa Festival MakunduchiZanzibar Mwaka Kogwa Festival
The last week of July sees the village of Makunduchi celebrate Mwaka Kogwa, the Persian New Year. The festival is a riot of colour, filled with rituals and fun.Picture OnePicture One Men are given the chance to mock fight each other with banana stems, to clear any past disputes for the new year, women dress in their best clothes and sing songs about family, love and life.
The highlight of the festival is the traditional burning of a hut, said to signify the passing of the old year and the start of the new. This ritual is thought to ensure the safety of the village in case of fire during the year and to purge evil from the people and the land. After the fire and fighting, there’s song, dance, drumming and feasting. Hospitality is extended to all people as the locals believe that any villager without a guest will be the recipient of bad luck and the party goes on till dawn.
There are many different rituals involved in seeing out the old year, and welcoming the new. The Mwaka Kogwa usually lasts about four days. However, it is the first day which is the most interesting and exciting. In the canter of the town is the Kae Kuu, a large, open space, and it is here that the action starts at about 11 a.m. Two brothers from the southern part of Makunduchi take on two brothers from the northern part in a ritual combat. Other activities and events include music, theatre and dance performances and exhibitions.