The 5 Biggest African Events of 2014

The 5 Biggest African Events of 2014

Ethiopia, Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Throughout the year cultures accross the African continent hold elaborate festivals and celebrations and festivals. Some are based on religious believes while other great events are celebrated for cultural or socialising purposes. Have a glance at Africa’s Greatest Festivals for 2014:

1. ETHIOPIA: Timkat in January

Thousands of devoted believers gather at Fasilides’ Bath in Ethiopia to re-enact the baptism of Jesus Christ. This village comes to a halt and people fill the streets in colourful clothing, liturgical cloth and singing can be heard from afar.

Timkat Festival in Ethiopia

2. SWAZILAND: The Reed Festival in August

All the virgin women of Swaziland, Southern Africa, partake in a traditional reed dance with the purpose of presenting the king’s mother with reeds to repair her home. If the king desires, he may choose one of the dancers as another wife.

Reed Dance Festival in Swaziland

3. BOTSWANA: Kuru Dance Festival in August

Those living in Botswana remember their heritage by celebrating the traditional dance style of Botswana’s first people, the Basarwa, San or Bushmen.

Kuru Dance Festival in Botswana

4. ZIMBABWE: 2014 International Carnival in May

Known as “The Real Deal Multi-Cultural Experience,’’ the International Carnival in Zimbabwe incorporates a mixture of African Art, dance and music with more contemporary art forms.

Zimbabwe International Carnival

5. EAST AFRICA: The Great Migration of Wildebeest and Zebra

Approximately 1.5 million wildebeest and 300 000 zebra embark on a year long journey from Tanzania to Kenya. This magnificent and breath-taking journey can be observed and followed on thrilling safaris through the untamed African bush.

Migration Crossing in East Africa

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