Archive for Mai, 2015

postheadericon How we celebrate in Tanzania

Meanwhile, I have had the chance to join different official celebrations like weddings, funerals and on May 2nd also an official graduation ceremony at a college in Tabora. My sister Lilian is the first of my siblings who finish college.

Celebrations have a strict protocol and some parts are similar or the same for different occasions. Most of all, there is always loud, I mean really loud, music and we dance a lot. And there are speeches, a lot of speeches. There is also a part, where food is served – on funerals at tables, on other occasion there is usually a buffet. If I am invited for a special celebration in the evening (starts usually around 7 p.m.), I always eat in advance, as the dinner part starts between 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. Sometimes, food is served between protocol points, but mostly food is served at the end of the celebration and the guests leave right after eating.

For me, it was a pleasure and an honor, to be invited to Lilian’s graduation ceremony at her college in Tabora. For the first time, I travelled with my family, met a brother I haven’t met until then and had the „full family experience“ for a long weekend! We arrived in Tabora on Friday night, after dinner we all (except Mama) went to a club in Tabora to dance and have fun. On Saturday, we did some shopping and the ladies went to the hairdresser. Lilian was already tired – the night before was long and she had so many things to prepare, as she had a leading role in the ceremony.

The celebration started with dances and the cutting of a ribbon through the director of the college.

The director of the college is opening the ceremony

The director of the college is opening the ceremony

Here they come

Here they come


Teachers and officials held speeches
Speech of the head teacher

Speech of the head teacher

, there were more dances and sparkling wine was opened in a ceremonial way.
Many photographers during dances

Many photographers during dances


Lot of dances

Lot of dances

Many photographers during dances

Many photographers during dances


Then the official cakes were presented. The head teacher was feeding all students with cakes and the guests were invited to feed „their“ students. The guests had to pay for that honor and each amount was announced by the Master of the Ceremony.
The head teacher feeding the students

The head teacher feeding the students

Mama is feeding Lilian with cake, after donating TSH 10'000

Mama is feeding Lilian with cake, after donating TSH 10’000

Next part was dinner, an excellent buffet with chicken, beef, fish, potatoes, sambusas, pilaw, salad, fried bananas and I guess even more delicious things. During the dinner time, we also had our „private“ cake ceremony, Lilian was feeding all her guests and also the DJs.

Lilian cutting her cake

Lilian cutting her cake

Lilian feeding a friend with cake

Lilian feeding a friend with cake

Lilian feeding a friend with cake

Lilian feeding a friend with cake

Lilian feeding her guests with cake

Lilian feeding her guests with cake

Also the DJ gets some cake...

Also the DJ gets some cake…

And posing...

And posing…

Lilian feeding Vero with cake

Lilian feeding Vero with cake


Then came another typical part: the giving of gifts – on stage. This part is usual and everybody can see, what others give as gifts. First, there were the gifts for the teachers from the students, donated in a dancing ritual, then each student (total students: 35) was celebrated, with music, dances and gifts. You could clearly see, who was famous in the class…

This ceremony was the highlight and the last part of the graduation and around 2 a.m. the guests and students left the auditorium. We did not go out afterwards… And I slept a long time in the car on the way back home… What a great experience!

I took videos from the highlights, like champagne ceremony, dances and so on. But these are too big to upload here. Sorry for that, but you may enjoy the other pictures.

And posing...

And posing…

Mama and a guest

Mama and a guest

The DJs

The DJs

My brother Gilbert

My brother Gilbert

Let's have fun!

Let’s have fun!

Mama and Teddy at a toast

Mama and Teddy at a toast

My Mama and my sister Vero

My Mama and my sister Vero

Hongera!

Hongera!

postheadericon Kipindupindu – Update

Read this Maji Safi-Blogpost – you will find a lot of background information I did not yet share with you.

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