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Kenya: An Open Wonder
Kenya is a country of contrasts kaleidoscopic. Much of their recorded history centers on the coast. Ptolemy, the great geographer, wrote in the second century AD in Mombasa called Tonik, reefs and long white beaches, palms frieze were familiar to the Indians, Arabs and Portuguese, and rear passengers. But today, the first impression most visitors is landscape was very different from Nairobi, scanning the plains the Athi and the game of walking in the bushes with thorns, the Nairobi National Park.
North-west of the capital again, with farms Reminds sun mountain in England, while still above the dense rainforest of Mount Kenya and Aberdares are as mysterious as snow Ecuador is paradoxical. Finally, the semi-arid desert in the north, bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, seems in another world.
Kenya fires the imagination of all who come here. No wonder that during the years since independence, it’s become internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful sights and exciting anywhere.
Geographically, the country has 582,647 kilometers square (225,000 sq miles) and is located in Ecuador. His side of the Indian Ocean is 608 kilometers (380 miles) long, while its center is cut by the Rift Valley, from north to south and contains a variety of lakes. The largest river is the Tana River, which flows into a wide curve to the east on the slopes of Mt. Kenya (17,058 feet) from the Indian Ocean.
Kenya is home to Arabs, Asians and Europeans and more than 48 major African tribes. Some, like the Masai, are known as warriors. Others, like the Mole Lake Turkana where the elephant hunters or Waliangulu near Tsavo Park, few in number, still shy and back. The largest are the Luhya (24%), followed by the Kikuyu (21%), where the head of state comes, the Luo (20%) in the famous Lake Victoria, the Kalenjin (17%), the Kamba (10%) focused in Machakos and Kitui, Meru (10%) and Kisii (6%). The community of Africa are not Asians, Europeans, Americans and Arabs represented 2% of the population.
The total population of 29.3 million. A century ago, there was great rivalry between the tribes, but now focuses on collaboration and the motto of Kenya, Harambee, meaning “Let’s gather all. The concept of Harambee has undergone a lot of fire lately and politicians are prohibited from acting in any activity.
Dances and traditional costumes are valued as part of the country’s cultural heritage. They are too full of vitality and drums Chuka, for example, drew crowds to the performances abroad in London and elsewhere not to mention the famous Muungano choir and dancers Kamba. In general, three ways learning to see the traditional dances:
If a match as national holidays of countries, opportunities exist for public entertainment.
If you are on a trip, you can see an exhibition at some point, for example, Bomas of Kenya in Langata. High performance can be seen here Monday through Friday from 2:30-4:00, Saturday 3:30-5:15, Sunday and holidays, 3:30-5:15.
Several hotels also have organized their own shows. In fact, the dancer fierce brandishing a spear may be the same man who used to bring your suitcase to your room!
A word of caution here. If you accidentally happen on a local Ngoma is Swahili for a prom or a party, remember to ask if he can stay and watch, especially before taking photographs. These are private matters.
When the British Kenya introduced colonized minorities in Asia and Europe. Asians come primarily to work on the railroad, and later expanded into the business. Since independence Asian community continued to grow in numbers and prosperity.
The holidays, when banks, shops and government offices are nearby Day Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (May 1), Madaraka Day (June 1 or after June 1, if falls Sunday), Kenyatta Day (October 20), Jamhuri Day or Independence Day, which may soon be called Mashujaa Day (12 December). From the Muslim festivals Id-ul-Azha is observed by all people of Islamic faith.
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