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Tourist attraction site in Katsina
« on: November 20, 2016, 01:42:27 AM »
Tourist attraction site in Katsina

Katsina is one of the northernmost cities in Nigeria. It is on the edge of Sahel area, bordering the country of Niger, with which it has had historical trading links for many centuries. Katsina is one of the old walled Hausa cities and is the capital of the recently created Kastina State. The city-walls were built by Queen Amina in the 16th century and have 7 gates.

 The gate through which Lord Lugard entered Kastina in 1903 is known as Kofar Yandaka, and a plaque commemorates the occation. The Gobora Minaret is probably the most picturesque tourist attraction. It is the tallest mud-brick building in Nigeria and is said to be about 250 years old. A fine view of Katsina holds a most colourful and interesting Sallah during Muslim festivals of Id-eL-fitri (end of Ramadan) and Id-el-kabir.

 The respective dates of these two festivals depends upon the sighting of a new moon and are declared by the Sultan of Sokoto. The dates vary each year, but an English Letts diary can help your planning, as it marks the quarters of the moon. In the case of Id-el-Fitri, it is normally 30 days from the beginning of Ramadan. In 1989, the Sallahs were inearly May and July, respectively, which gives a rough guide.

     

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The Sallah at Katsina includes a procession of horsemen and camels, acrobats, jugglers, snake charmers and various other entertainers. At Katsina a spectacular charger (or ‘jahi’) by the chiefs and courtiers on horseback is included, as a salute to the Emir.

 The celebrations normally start at about 8:00 am. With the brilliantly attired horsemen arriving in the main square in front of the Emir’s Palace. They then gather outside the city walls for prayers before returning at about 10.00 am. The Emir and his retinue enter the square and when all are assembled, the charge takes place, after which the Emir gives a short oration and then retires to his palace. The festival continues in the square with dancing, music and other tradional activities.

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