Yep, that is what we did this past Wednesday. We attended Mwaka Kogwa for the first time and I believe last time. It was that nuts! We drove out early after packing some snacks for lunch and arrived after many a police stop in a Southern village known for celebrating and keeping the rituals of welcoming in the new year alive. People flock; local and tourist to see the craziness. We all walked to this huge open field and slowly groups of men wearing protective clothing, masks, even a dress now and again started running in circles chanting and swinging banana stems many of which had been woven together. After about an hour (during which our girls ate some lunch and enjoyed local ice cream) the groups started to run toward each other taunting and then finally fighting. It was insane. Full out combat with these woven rope weapons. Yikes! It is said that the people get all their aggression out during this one day and then forgive each other. Because they do this there is said to be more peace and less strife and sickness in the village for the coming year. It looked like a free for all beat down if you ask this Mzungu. But it was interesting for sure!
walking in the village before the chaos began
getting pumped for the beat down
nothing like a ‘watching the beat down refreshing treat’
said beat down in process
tons of people were there
Anni & Evy get in on the action
the women singing and taunting the men
lighting the thing on fire..our cue to head out
it was a tiring day y’all…..