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Home >  Djibouti >  Culture >  Traditions

Djibouti Traditions



The country of Djibouti is located in the continent of Africa. The country is also known officially as the Republic of Djibouti. Djibouti Traditions are age old and varied. There are generally two major ethnic groups in the country along with some other tribes and clans.

In the Djibouti Tradition, the major religion that is followed is Islam. There are mosques in various parts of the country. The most popular and holy place for the Muslims in the country is in the Goda Mountains where the tomb of Sheikh Abu Yazid is present. This is an integral part of the custom of Djibouti.

The women of Djibouti wear long skirts and cover their faces with a veil. The married women also cover their head with cloth. During the religious festivals, people always stick to the traditional dress. The art and culture of the country is mostly passed on locally from one generation after generation. The local people dance, sing and also act for a particular story in their native language.

The influence of French and Islam tradition and culture can be witnessed in the architecture of the buildings of Djibouti. The art works in the houses of Djibouti people include various forms of calligraphy, plasterwork and motifs. The two chief racial groups of the country are Afar and Issas who play important role in the country and in the influence of culture. Somalis also live in Djibouti and their vocal tradition have influenced the two cultural groups of the country to a large extent.

The Afar group also has stylish literature which is mainly verbal and the major part of the literature is preserved in the form of songs. Songs in Djibouti are usually classified into various groups such as praise songs, war songs and many more. The official languages that are spoken in the country are Arabic and French.



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