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Durbar Fest, Nigeria

Durbar Festival, Nigeria

The Durbar is a festival that is celebrated in several states in Northern Nigeria. In pre-colonial Nigeria, a series of Northern states were ruled by a traditional ruler known as the Emir. To displays the Emir's political and army strength, the nobility of each Emirates were required to contribute their fighting forces to take part in the annual Durbar festival.

This tradition has carried on and is the festival now coincides with the end of the Islamic festivals of Eid-al-fitr and Eid-al-Adha. The festival is often begun with prayers followed by a colourful porcession of the Emir and his entourage displaying their horsemanship as they ride to the Emir's palace.