Sunday, 8 January 2017

Guinea Bissau Holidays and Festivals

Cultural festivals, Guinea-Bissau
holidays, religious celebrations and
other traditional events are celebrated
throughout the country. Most local
festivities such as the Guinea-Bissau
Carnival are centered around art and
music, while religious rites are
devotedly observed by those who
adhere to Muslim, Christian and other
indigenous beliefs. Most events do not
have set schedules.

Muslim festivals

Like the rest of the world, Muslim
festivals in Guinea-Bissau are timed in
accordance with the different phases of
the moon. Ramadan, which precedes
Korité, is a month-long fast. There is a
huge meal to mark the end of the
season. The Feast of the Sacrifice is
another widely celebrated Muslim event.

Festival de Bubaque

Held in the Bijagós Archipelago, the
Bubaque Festival is a colorful event that
celebrates the local music scene. It
attracts musicians and personalities
from all over the country to perform all
kinds of Guinean music. Dates need to
be confirmed as there seems to be no
fixed time for this event.

Guinea-Bissau Carnival

The local Carnival features exciting
programs that showcase great Guinean
talents, ethnic traditions and cultural
presentations. It is a big celebration
that takes place annually at Easter time
for about four days before Lent.
Guineans enjoy traditional dances
accompanied by instruments and people dress up in flamboyant costumes
crafted from leaves, cow horns and
shells. Parades take place on wooden
boats and big trucks in this unique
celebration.

Movimento Hip Hop Festival

West African countries are big on
music, and the Movimento Hip Hop
Festival is just one of the many sought
after events in Guinea-Bissau. The first
festival was held in May 2009, but dates
need to be confirmed for future shows.
Artists from all over the nation and
neighboring countries participate with
lyrics that often discuss the political and
social issues of the region.
*culled from www.iexplore.com

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