Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Somali Festivals

There are several festivals and events that people of Somalia celebrate every year.

Independence day - June 26

Independence Day for Somalia marks more than 20 years without Italian rule. In 2012, violence stopped long enough for residents to finally celebrate their freedom from colonial rule. 

Neeroosh - July

Neeroosh celebrates the beginning of the solar year in Somalia and Somaliland. Somalis and Muslim use the solar calendar to make decisions about religious days and harvest times. The festival is known as the Festival of Fire where local people build huge bonfires, splash water on each other and dance to welcome the arrival of summer. 

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) - August

The Islamic population of Somalia celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. This religious holiday marks the end of Ramadan - the holy month where those of the Islamic faith fast. This day really is a celebration of everyone's efforts and sacrifices. The day is marked with ceremonies in mosques around Somalia where friends and family gather to enjoy great feast and the purchasing of new outfits to wear on the day.

Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) - October

This festival is also known as Tabaski. It lasts for two or three days and is held to commemorate the remember Ibrahim sacrificing his first born son to the Lord. Local people sometimes sacrifice a sheep which is then cooked and used for a feast among family and friends.

Day of Ashura - Novemeber

The end of the religious calendar is the Day of Ashura which is a day of mourning for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed who died at the Battle of Karbala. The day is remembered by both Shi'a and Sunni Muslims and is a public holiday in Somalia. Thousands of Muslim communities come out into the streets to show their mourning. 

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