THE RWANDAN CULTURE AND TRADITIONS.
Rwanda is a small country surrounded by land. It has a breathtaking mountainous terrain which gives it the definition of being known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Kigali its capital has over time come to be the country’s significant when it comes to business related issues since it is geographically located at the heart of Rwanda and also because it is the prime port of entry for the nation. The inhabitants of this state; Hutus, Tutsis and the Batwa are all identified as the Banyarwanda and they all speak a common tongue called Kinyarwanda. However, other languages like French and English are also spoken though the latter is vocalized on a very small scale. In the past, Rwanda went through a season of unrest and turmoil during the massacre in 1994 which saw many losing their lives. Since then, Rwanda has never been the same but has changed for better. It is now a safe and clean haven that has a lot to offer.
Here are some of the cultures and traditional practices you should look out for since will help you understand the country better should you happen to visit this beautiful nation.
- The Azizi Rural Life/ Rural Rwanda.
When here, be sure you will get to learn a great deal of skills like gardening, carving wooden sculptures, weaving mats, baskets and many more artistic items. Also get a chance to share in their meals, feed the animals and collect firewood, water and so much more. You can be able to learn the language and engage in other activities. This will help you get a feel of what a typical African rural setting is like.
- Inyambo Cattle.
These are a rich cultural tradition and are the only animals that speak vividly of the attractiveness of the customary society of the Rwandan people. They can be seen from their long horns that are outlined differently and these served a central role in the Rwandan kingdom especially when it came to honoring the ruling King. The cattle are commonly known for giving birth to calves that looked alike. After a year, these are taken to the palace to be trained in listening to songs and movements done by their keeper. When adorned with jewelry, they reflect elegance that is simply stunning. It is something you surely shouldn’t miss out on while looking out for the Rwandan culture.
- Rwanda Dressing.
Rwanda, just like any typical African country embraces culture in a number of ways and dressing is surely one of them. The Rwandese people boast of their traditional outfit, the “Mushanana” that is worn by the ladies. It is a long wrapper skirt put on with a tank top that is thereafter covered by a sash on one side of the shoulders by tying a knot at the end. These are mostly put on during events while on a daily basis; women especially in the rural areas will wrap Kangas/Kitenges around their wear. It is very uncommon to see anyone in Rwanda embracing the short skirts, dresses, shorts and anything too revealing for the cleavages and other body parts.
- The Rwanda Genocide Memorials.
There are quite a number of genocide memorials that are distributed all over Rwanda. Though some are more outstanding than the others, they all are in honor of those that lost their lives during the Rwanda genocide of 1994. These memorials exhibit photographs, material items like clothes and shoes of the victims that passed on during this time, they are also a place some come when seeking solace and mourning. These memorials were not only built to connect those that survived with those that were lost but also to remind the Rwandan people of the evil that happened and demand that it never be repeated ever again. Every year in April, the nation of Rwanda comes together in a season of mourning.
There are also other things and places that will help you understand better the culture and way of life of the Rwandese people like the Iby’iwacu Cultural Center where you can learn amazing ideas like how to drum and shoot, the Rwandan Traditional cuisines, the coffee culture in Rwanda and the cultural music and dances among many others.