A Durbar festival is an annual festival celebrated in several cities in Nigeria. This festival marks the end of Ramadan and is also shared with eid el Kabir and Eid el Fitri, Muslim holidays. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his entourage on horses, accompanied by musicians, and ending at the Emir’s palace. Durbar festivals are organized in cities such as Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Zaria, and Bida, and are considered tourist attractions.
Kano city is still not left out in this cultural activity as hundreds of people came out to watch the Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II
More than hundred has on 23rd August came out to witness Kano Durbar by the Kano emirate council.
It was a rememberable festive as the Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II and his council members showcase beautiful culture.
On Wednesday 23rd the emir visits the emirate council other house at Nasarawa local government as the culture.
Airview News learnt that the house at Nasarawa is where the late emirs’ of kano are buried from there the emir heads forward to Kano government house with his council members all riding beautiful horses and dressed alluringly.
Kano city usually observes four days of this stunning festive, the first day is on the day of Eid, the second which is tagged hawan Daushe the emir leaves his palace at mostly around 4 pm which he will head to his mothers house which is called Babban daki and then head back to his palace accompanied by his council chiefs and tittle holders all ridding horses however sometimes the emir rides camel the state governor usually witness this durbar, the governor usually witness the return of the emir to his palace, the third is tagged as hawan Nasarawa the emir laves his palace very early in the morning to the other emirate house located at Nasarawa he usually stay there for hours and then head to the state government house to pay courtesy call to the governor of the state, then the fourth the emir visits other houses of his either in Daurayi or Panisau, he, however, visits Daurayi at Eid El Fitir and panisau during Eid El kabir celebrations, however when the durbar is holding hundred usually comes out in mass men, women and children all dressed charmingly to watch the emir.
The Durbar festival was introduced to Nigeria by colonial administrators with political objectives in mind.
The word Durbar is of Persian origin and it was first linked to ceremonial assemblies marking the proclamation of Queen Victoria as the Empress of colonial India in 1877. In Nigeria, the events then were ceremonial in nature, the first Durbar was held in 1911, subsequent ceremonies were held in 1924, 1925, 1948, 1960 and 1972. The ceremonies linked together pre-colonial aspects of the martial display, colonist created assemblies and celebrations of important events in Northern Nigeria.
By Airview News