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Fête du Mouton (Eid al-Adha)

Barka de Sala! Eid Mobarak! For the fête, after eating copious amounts of maroori juldé (“party rice”), we went up to Ngaoundéré to watch the fantasia. The fantasia starts with the Lamido, who is a traditional religious leader roughly equivalent to a regional king, leaving his palace and visiting the city. During that time, well-dressed men and horses take turns charging up with their spears and weapons, demonstrating their strength. After about an hour, the Lamido returns and everyone rushes up and dances.

Part I: Celebrating with the family in Ngatt

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Putting on “see-fah” with Hosseina and Fahti

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My mom here. Likes to feed me enormous amounts of couscous and rice.

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Rashida and Housseina

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Rashida, my favorite peanut-demanding petite, all dressed up. 

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I had almost finished eating and then they added more rice because they wanted me to take a picture.

Part II: The Fantasia

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The Lamido leaving his palace

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Children like to run after the procession.

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Charging up

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The Lamido returns

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The Lamido charging 

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Fun fact: Those umbrellas are never supposed to stop spinning

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