Durbar Festival Katsina State

Durbar Festival

The Durbar (military parade) festival dates back hundreds of years to when the northern emirates used horses in warfare. During this period, each town, district and nobility household was expected to contribute a regiment to the defence of the emirate. Once or twice a year, the emirate military chiefs invited the various regiments to participate in a durbar for the emir and his chiefs.

During the parade, regiments would showcase their horsemanship, their preparedness for war and their loyalty to the emirate. Today the Durbar has become a festival celebrated in honour of visiting heads of state and at the culmination of the two great Muslim festivals: Id-el Fitri (commemorating the end of the holy month of Ramadan) and Id-el Kabir (commemorating Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of a ram instead of his son).