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Donkey Racing-

During the Islamic Festival of Maulidi , held each year around the month of June (see Cultural Safari), several special sporting events are held in Lamu.

The main event is a donkey race along the waterfront, running the entire length of the old town. Lamu residents are accomplished Donkey jockeys, and victory in this annual race is a much coveted title. The race attracts most of the townspeople, who gather along the waterfront or anchor offshore in dhows to watch the action.

Both riders and donkeys are well prepared for the event and the competition is always fierce, with each competitor attracting their own loyal local supporters.

The race day is a major event in the Lamu calendar, and there are plenty of festivities and celebrations both before and after the big event. Often dhow races are held around the island during the same period.

Dhow Racing

On January 1st, the residents of Lamu celebrate the coming of the New Year with a Dhow Race. This event is an important annual event on the island. Lamu Dhow builders are considered some of the best on the coast, and this is a culture born of the sea and sailors. This makes the race the most important sporting event on the island.

Winning the race is a great honour among Dhow captains, and the race attracts the best of the best.

Like the annual Donkey race, this event brings the Island to life, and the shorelines throng with supporters. Individual Dhows are brightly decorated, and festivities on race day last well into the night.
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