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Eritrean Festival 2013 concluded colorfully

The Eritrean national festival 2013 that has been underway in Dekemhare from 17 August under the theme “Our Cultural Heritage, Core of Tourism Attraction” concluded today in the presence of Ministers, regional administrators, Army Commanders and invited guests following performance awards at regional and individual levels.

Dekemhare, 25 August 2013- The Eritrean national festival 2013 that has been underway in Dekemhare from 17 August under the theme “Our Cultural Heritage, Core of Tourism Attraction” concluded today in the presence of Ministers, regional administrators, Army Commanders and invited guests following performance awards at regional and individual levels.

Speaking during the occasion, Mr. Abraham Yohannes, representative of the holidays’ coordinating committee, disclosed that the festival which took months to prepare had created conducive platform for all six regions and the 12 sub-zones of the Debub region to display their resources and become competitive.

With regards participation of the people, Mr. Abraham, said that the festival that has been conducted for the first time outside the capital city, Asmara, has enjoyed more than 800,000 thousand visitors.

In the week long festival regional exhibitions, sub-zones’ resources, products of Southern region, armed struggle village, children’s villages as well as traditional sports, folklores and historical artifacts have been displayed that have received great admiration from visitors.

Gash-Barka region won the award for traditional sports and “Shenen Yatana” while Anseba region stood first in cultural performances and music. And in the competition between the sub-zones of the Southern region Mai-Mine stood first in traditional sports, Mendefera sub-zone in cultural performances and music, and Mai-Mine became overall winner from the region.

In the festival life style, cultural values, norms and customs of the nine Eritrean ethnic groups have been displayed. In the “Shinen Yatana” show traditional way of building houses, marriage customs, cultural costumes and others have been displayed. In this program Central region represented Tigrigna ethnic group while Gash-Barka Kunama and Nara, Northern Red Sea region Tigre and Rashaida, Southern Red Sea region Afar, and Anseba region Bilen and Hidarib.

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