A Nane Nane experience by a Peace Corps Volunteer:D

Dear Reader,

First of all let me wish you a happy nane nane day. For those of you who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, in simplicity it is an annual celebration for farmers. For the rest of us it is time off work to check out the blessings we have in terms of food and livestock. Being from Tanzania I’m used to see nane nane  but this time around I was glad to read about this unique celebration from the perspective of  Thomas Curtis a Peace Corp Volunteer. This entry was posted on 11/08/2007 in T.in Tanzania A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Blog . Though this entry missed the nane nane date 5 years ago I feel that this time around it deserves an audience so enjoy.

Nane Nane by Thomas Curtis

Nane Nane day is the eighth day of the eighth month. In Tanzania it is celebrated as a farmers day, people who work in town take the day to work on the farm and harvest their crops and those that work in the fields take the day to rest. Also in Arusha there is a big fair, where supposedly there are all kinds of animals, games, and big sales of everything you want to buy. I went this year and was not surprised to find this was not the extravaganza everyone said it would be. The animals were standard farm animals: pigs, cows, chickens. Nane Nane day is the eighth day of the eighth month. In Tanzania it is celebrated as a farmers day, people who work in town take the day to work on the farm and harvest their crops and those that work in the fields take the day to rest. Also in Arusha there is a big fair, where supposedly there are all kinds of animals, games, and big sales of everything you want to buy. I went this year and was not surprised to find this was not the extravaganza everyone said it would be. The animals were standard farm animals: pigs, cows, chickens. There were turkeys which are rare in Tanzania but no lions or giraffes which allegedly the National Parks usually bring.

The teacher I went with said they were surprised to find so much open space, and so few vendors–last year it was packed. Still I enjoyed walking around. I did find some nice presents and now will not regret the missing the opportunity of seeing the fair. were turkeys which are rare in Tanzania but no lions or giraffes which allegedly the National Parks usually bring.

Nane Nane day is the eighth day of the eighth month. In Tanzania it is celebrated as a farmers day, people who work in town take the day to work on the farm and harvest their crops and those that work in the fields take the day to rest. Also in Arusha there is a big fair, where supposedly there are all kinds of animals, games, and big sales of everything you want to buy. I went this year and was not surprised to find this was not the extravaganza everyone said it would be. The animals were standard farm animals: pigs, cows, chickens. There were turkeys which are rare in Tanzania but no lions or giraffes which allegedly the National Parks usually bring.

Do you have any unique celebrations that you know of? Please share your experience  by commenting below 🙂

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