Gwandara annual festival day two is an annual festival commemorating the remembrance and the coming together of Gwandara speaking people to observed cultural displays and celebrations among Gwandara sons and daughters nationwide; fixed centrally and it is preceded by the season of advent or the nativity of Gwandara in very fast, which historically in the life of African culture and some traditions is a welcoming idea and events awaiting to always be celebrated.
As the Gwandara speaking people of Nigeria marked 19th and the 20th December, 2020 for annual festival, the traditional narratives, the nativity of Gwandara people, delineated from the history which says that Gwandara speaking people migrated at about 14th century from Kano with the nickname “Gwanda-rawa da Sallah” in accordance with history narrated by the late Agaba of Toni (Sarkin Garaku) was indeed brought to lime light.
The celebration of this year at Dutsen-Alhaji corresponds to the style of that of the reign of Tsumburbra by the chief priest “Barbushe” in Kano state – Nigeria before the coming of Islam. The Gwandara speaking people celebrate this annual festival in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the GwaDECA calendar used throughout among the Gwandara speaking people.
The celebratory customs associated in various towns and villages cut across the four major states you can find the Gwandara speaking people. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable attributes of displays were all welcome to entertain the guests.
Rituals and religious beliefs are integral part of the Gwandara people in Gwandara society. Religious leaders often have sacred qualities associated with them. Generally, in Gwanadara society, religious sanctions are an important means of social control. Ritual actions among Gwandara people may express the solidarity of the group as a cultural entity clearly expressed in the Gwandara traditional system and other aspect of the Gwandara society is the close relationship between religion and social groups. The classification of African indigenous cultural system by many anthropologist identifies three broad types as will be read in our subsequent posts.
This year 2020 Gwandara Annual Festival was chaired by the National chairman – Hon. Tanko Abari, Alh. Jibrin Abdullahi Imam Karshi (Chairperson – FCT Chapter), Alh. Yahaya Asawu Idu, Comrade Gwagwa, other representatives from other states including political elites, royal fathers and Gwandara sons and daughters.
By: Musa Muhammed-Mustapha.