• THE NGONDO FESTIVAL
PERIOD OF THE YEAR: AROUND THE 1ST SUNDAY OF DECEMBER EVERY YEAR.
Every first Sunday of the month of December, foreigners join the ive tribes constituting the Sawa people to gather around the river Wouri in Douala to celebrate “Myengu”, the gods of the waters, thanking them for their protection during the year. The festival begins from the Saturday before, with exciting activities such as Miss Ngondo conquest, Wrestling ( the Sawa Fight), Dance conquest of diﬀerent Sawa dance groups and religious organizations.
The beauty pageant contestants must be able to speak their mother tongue and know their family genealogy. Only Sawa people are qualiied to take part in any competitions, but witnessing it is equally so much fun. The main event which is the more sacred part of the festival comes on Sunday morning. A spiritualist is immersed with a sacred pot under the Wouri river with gifts for Myengu who are at the bottom of the river.
He usually stays 10 minutes underneath the water, and his mission is to return with Myengu’s message addr essed to Sawa people for the next year. When the pot comes back to surface, it is not wet and it contains the message of the ancest ors which the initiates will decode before announcing it to the waiting crowd. In the aft ernoon there is a canoe race where each Sawa tribe sends its best canoe riders. E ven though in recent years, Ngondo has been taking a commercial turn with some companies taking advantage of the touristic attraction to iniltrate the event, the festival remains the best display of culture in Cameroon.
• NGOUON FESTIVAL
PERIOD OF THE YEAR: THE BEGINING OF DECEMBER OF EVEN YEARS SINCE 1996.
This festival is more than 600 years old. It is a come-together moment for the Bamoun people, where they can discuss ideas and their grievances as the King is present and there is no separation based on social status. In the past, it took place every year, but since 1996, it takes place at the beginning of December of the even years. The Ngouon festival is made of many sporting and cultural activities: the mount Mbat Pit race, traditional dances at the palace, a mini-marathon from We also take some time to tour the Bamenda ring road, visit the Ekom-Nkam falls and the Bafut Palace.
• NYEM-NYEM FESTIVAL
PERIOD OF THE YEAR: EVERY JULY
Held during July in Ngaoundéré, a city in the Adamawa area, the Nyem-Nyem Festival is held to commemorate the resistance movement of the Nyem-Nyem people against German control. Locals come out in full force, showing their support for those who fought for the region’s independence. The occasion is marked by cultural dances with full traditional attire. The Nyem-Nyem Festival Phenomenal is just the word to describe most Northern cultural events as with the Nyem-Nyem festival carrying part of this glow. The Nyem-Nyem Festival in the city of Ngaoundéré in the Adamawa Region is an annual cultural event that land in the elevated location of Mount Djim Apart from the breathtaking and colourful spectacle from the locals which is worth looking out f or is an esplanade on the mountain with a series of polished and hewn stones making it a great tourist attraction. Another wonder worth exploring are the caves which form one of the several natural endowments of the area. You are welcome!
• BUSPAC (Buea Sports, Arts and Cultural Festival BUSPAC )
PERIOD OF THE YEAR: USUALLY AROUND FEBRUARY BEGINING.
Buea Sports, Arts and Cultural Festival BUSPACThe Buea municipality is located in Fako Division of the South West Region of Cameroon with a total population of about 200,000 Inhabitants living in 67 villages. The principal ethnic Group is Bakweri with a majority of them occupying the villages. The Urban spaces of the Municipality are cosmopolitan in nature with more than 100 local and national ethnicities .The town is situated at the foot of Mount Fako, the second largest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya.
In February each year, tourist and athletes from all over the world join Cameroonian athletes to that the Buea Sports, Arts and Cultural Festival is organized to provide an avenue to expose the intangible, rich, diversiied cultural heritage of Cameroon, celebrating its traditions, recognizing its traditional bearers, promote cultural democracy, represent collective cultural knowledge in a grassroots way, promote cultural exchanges in a ‘museum without walls’ context. Activities include:Traditional wrestling, sketches, Traditional dances, Traditional choral singing, Exhibition stands, Fashion parade in African wears, Projection of interviews with African legends, Carnival (cultural parade), Gastronomy, Musical concerts, Fashion, Film/movie premieres, Arts and crafts exhibition, Training workshops, Networking sessions, Celebrity.
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