Durbar Festival

The Durbar Festival is celebrated annually in most cities in Northern Nigeria. It usually holds at the end of Muslim festival Eld al – Fitr and Eid al – Adha.

Oral history account has it that the Hwan Daushe Durbar was introduced t the Kano Emirate during the reign of Muhammadu Ramfa in the 1400s.

It is usually observed a day after Eid el Fitr Sallah day that sees the Emir riding on Horseback receiving homage from the District heads in the emirate.

It begins with the Emir and his retinue of horse riders and palace guards riding to Babban Daki, the palace of his mother to pay her Sallah homage and seek blessings.

photo: Owoseyi

Ahead of the Emir’s return from Babban Daki, a procession of all the District Heads and titleholders rode their horses through a series of quarters, which were home to some historically important families and back to the palace at Kofar Kudu, venue of Duebar and Jahi race.

The procession of Horse riders preceding the arrival of Emir would be led by the Makaman Kano followed by al, the District heads and their horsemen and courtiers, then followed by some eminent title holders.

Jahi race is the climax of the Durbar. Here several horse riders in the emirate charged on top speed towards the Emir, pulled aside upon reaching him, raises their sword or flag before taking their exit.

Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Borno, Adamawa and Bauchi are some of the other States in Northern Nigeria where the Durbar is equally celebrated.

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