Festivals in Kenya

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Kenya festivals are observed in a grand manner all over the country. In addition to the locals, even tourists are invited to celebrate many of these events. Following are some of the most popular festivals that draw both locals and tourists alike.

Mombasa Carnival

This is probably the most popular festival in Kenya which celebrates the traditions and ethnicity of the African culture. This vibrant festival is held in November in Mombasa, a city that has been influenced by African and Arabic customs. For this reason, it portrays African and Arabian cultures exceptionally well. The main features of the Mombasa Carnival are multinational floats and colorful parades. Dance and music are also integral parts of this festival. You will find many people strolling through the streets in unusual costumes all day long. Stalls that sell a wide range of goods and special Kenyan dishes are also set up everywhere in the city during the Mombasa Carnival.

International Camel Derby

This is another Kenyan festival that is gaining worldwide popularity. Held every year in the northern region of the country, this is an exciting event that displays a blend of action, adventure, color and culture in Kenya. First started in 1990, the International Camel Derby has given Kenyan people an ideal way to highlight the booming desertification. Camel races are divided into 2 main categories; amateurs and novices and races are spread out over several days. Tourists can also watch cycling races, donkey rides, and other challenging events and can even hire a camel for a whole day.

Kenya Tourism Week

This is one of the best times for tourists to visit the country. Kenya mainly starts its tourism week from September 21 to 27, which is World Tourism Day. The official launch of this festival is mostly announced at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos every year. Throughout this week-long celebration, tourists can explore the various attractions in the area. The most popular events include culture, art, music and cuisine exhibitions. Kenya Tourism Week allows tourists to travel around regions that are less popular, making it a good strategy to promote local tourism.

Art Festivals

Kenya’s National Museums hold an Art Festival called the East African Art Festival every year in Nairobi. This is a 3-day event which draws exhibitors from all over the East African region. Exhibitors display paintings, traditional architectural designs, artifacts and other art works at this festival. The national museums in Kenya also help to organize the release of songs, skits and plays and film screenings before major Kenyan festivals and holidays. All these help to commemorate important national days and spread the awareness of art in Kenya.

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