Its December yet again and in Africa, especially Kenya, this is a month of a myriad ceremonies and celebrations. Its in December where folks get married, its in December where boys become men ( just wondering is the definition of a man a circumcised boy?) Its in December where old men with beards grey, sit around a pot, close to a fire not roasting chestnuts, but with small tubes in their mouths(mrija – in the local dialect) sipping African traditional beer from a pot.Its in the month of December that grandchildren sit around a fire, their grandparents narrating stories of olden days. Its December, that month of the year where joy sings in the air, and butterflies, fireflies and tiny little children join in the dance.
In Kalenjin community, ( a community blessed with prowess when it comes to foot work – when they cat walk on the beauty pageant, they are crowned miss world Africa, and when they run, they win medals) these ceremonies are called tumin. Each ceremony has its significance but what characterizes all of them is the coming together of the community to share, its the reunion of families in joy and happiness, reminiscing the good olden days; the memories of days that brought them together and those that taught them how to live, love and laugh, memories that make them who they are.
Here is a song to welcome the festive season the African way. Enjoy