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Gorilla Naming Ceremony



Naming a newly born baby has been part of Rwandan culture and tradition for centuries.
To actively protect the Mountain Gorillas and their habitat, the old naming century’s tradition
was modelled on these species to get the national brand known as Kwita Izina.


Names attributed to the gorillas play a significant role in the on-going programme of monitoring each individual gorilla in their families and habitat


























 

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Eid Al-Adha - National Holiday
Nyamirambo Stadium



The Greater Eid commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah.

It also marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia undertaken by thousands of Muslims from around the world.

The celebrations involve gatherings of family and friends, meals and exchanging gifts, among others.











 

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Ironworking
Traditional Rwanda



Throughout the World, the advent of ironworking technology has marked a distinct era in human history. In the territory which has later become Rwanda, that technology started in the last centuries of the first millennium B.C if not at the beginning of our era.





As it developed and spread across the region, gradually ironworking technology shaped a new mode of life economically, culturally and politically and later became “a cultural pillar” of the kingdom.





Beyond its utilitarian function such as providing agricultural tools, which enabled population growth and economic exchange; weapons used for defeating enemies and expanding the territory; ironworking technology was imbedded within ritual and symbolic sphere and contributed to the consolidation of central power.





In other words, it has largely contributed to the grandeur of Rwanda. But when Europeans arrived, that technology was made obsolete and completely buried under the layers of History by the widespread availability of scrap iron. Are you eager to know how smelters managed to transform natural objects (iron ore) into cultural artifacts (iron tools)?


 

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Performing Arts
Traditional Rwanda



Traditional Rwandan performing arts played an important role in political, economic and social life of the country. Musicians used a variety of instruments depending on the type of the music: vocal, vocal-instrumental, vocal instrumental accompanied by dancing and instrumental only. Traditional Rwandan songs consist of many categories and were sung in specific contexts.





There were songs for praising the dynasty urugera, pastoral songs amahamba, lullabies, love songs, complaining, ibihozo, hunting songs, amahigi, warrior songs, indirimbo z’ingabo, songs accompanying the warriors dancers, indirimbo z’Intore, paddlers songs, amasare, praise songs ibyivugo, chanted dynastic poetry,ibisigo etc.





There are varieties of traditional dances, and are always performed in a group. Male and female dancers follow different expressive rhythms characterized by common postures, positions of the arms, and typical movements of the head.





The warrior-dancers, intore, are the best performers. Traditionally, they were trainees recruited from among the children of upper-class families who received a comprehensive training at the king’s court or at the homes of important chiefs. At the same time, they constituted a corps of militia, ballet troupes, and future political and military leaders.





Another important aspect of traditional Rwandan performing arts is drumming. Note that there were three types of drums: ritual drums, ingoma z’imihango, used in royal-related rituals; dynastic drums, ingoma z’ingabe, which were a part of the royal insignia-symbol of power; and music drums (which resonate) ingoma z’imivugo. The first and second types of drums had no music role.​
 

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Wickerwork
Traditional Rwanda



Wickerwork characterizes the most remarkable artistic production of ancient Rwanda, and a great variety of objects were made of wicker. Wickerwork, on small scale, was a domestic activity reserved only for women and young girls.





They made mats, baskets, and panels that decorated walls. The men built the residences and the fences and wove other large objects: large partitions, walls, and litters with poles. Regional variations of the vegetation used in wickerwork engendered regional specializations, and the result was a large variety of materials, techniques, and shapes.





The requirements and standards were very strict for the advancement of aesthetics in the field of wickerwork. It was a genuine art form: the shape of the object, the technical quality and the finishing touches were the criteria used to judge an object’s value. The aesthetic intentions were clearly marked on the motifs and the finishing touches.





All traditional motifs were in geometric shapes and had names varying from one region to another. There were triangular shaped motifs such as itana; rhombus like abashi; square or tray like umukebo; parallelogram or trapezium such as ikigonjo; zigzag like umuraza; spiral or curved like ibigobe by’uruzi; oblique, parallel, intersecting or simple lines like imyambi; combined patterns such as umugore wishe inzu; patterns without geometric forms such as ikirobera; etc.


 

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The country side is so clean and so green. Agriculture is playing another role the development of Rwanda. Its now the biggest country earner coupled with Tourism boost. Rwanda country side looks really good.Rwanda has become a major player in exporting coffee. Now its one of the biggest exporters of coffee in Africa. IN 10 years to come, Rwanda may surpase Ethiopia as the biggest coffee producer in
Africa​





Looks like eastern nigeria
 
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