By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Governor, His Excellency, Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai attended the traditional Hawan Daushen Durbar as part of activities marking the Eid-El-Kabir Sallah celebrations in Zaria.
The event which held at the outer court of the Emir Palace (Kafen Daudu) in Zaria was graced by thousands of the city’s residents and it brought out the rich cultural history of the Zazzau Emirates.
The Sallah festivities, particularly the traditional durbar, turned out to be one of the best staged in recent history. More than 100 district heads took part in the Hawan Daushen on Sunday, September 3, 2017, being the third day of Sallah.
Many residents of 23 local government, came out in mass to welcome the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai to grace the occasion of (Hawan Daushen) which took place in Zazzau Emirates in Kaduna State.
Durbar is the major event that adds colour to Sallah in Zaria. During the Eid-El-Kabir, three durbars are usually staged in the Zazzau Emirate. The first one takes place on Sallah day and it is known as Hawan Sallah. The second comes up a day after and is known as Hawan Bariki, while the third comes up two days after Sallah. This is known as Hawan Daushen.
As tradition demands, immediately after the Eid prayer at Kofar Doka, the emir ride on horseback – this time on cart-horse – to his palace, a journey of about ten kilometres. As the emir takes his seat in a special historic pavilion, at Kafen Daudu, district heads on horsebacks demonstrating their horse riding skills, pay allegiance to the emir.
Hawan Daushen had become part of Zazzau’s tradition with the coming of colonialists to Nigeria.
“The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, used the occasion to meet the Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency Malam Nasir Ahmad el- rufai as he was cited seated with the Emir while district heads ridding the cart horse pay homaged to the Governor.
Hawan Daushe, which is the last in the series of Sallah durbar in Zaria, brought residents from all walks of life to the Zazzau palace.
A resident of Zaria, Aminu Bala, said Sallah without Hawan Daushen is not complete it is an event that values to celebration of sallah.
Aminu said; “many residents don’t wear their new clothe until the day of Hawan Daushen. It is regarded as the most important day because it brings people from villages of Zaria to the city. It is a gathering that unites friends and families.
This occasion is an opportunity for the emir to present the needs of the people to the authority. It also serves as an avenue of taking stock to review the previous year and make preparation for the coming year, he said.”
Many residents make new friends on the day of Hawan Daushe. He said some marriages have their root from Hawan Daushen. Young people have the opportunity to appreciate their traditions and values. They know their history and where they come from through the Hawan Daushen durbar, “meanehile foreigners are being entertained by rich culture. We appreciate our culture, durbar is a thing of pride for us, he said.
Aminu said, Alhaji Shehu Idris, in company of his district heads, moved out from his palace on cart-horse to go round the ancient city. Hawan Daushen provided an opportunity for residents to meet the emir face-to-face.
After the traditional explore, the emir came back to the palace to once again receive allegiance of them
Looking around the occasion, male and female; young and old residents of Zaria put on their best attired clothes and began trooping to the Zazzau place to witness the events.
Adequate security measures were taken by joint team of the army, police, personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and vigilante groups.