Chad

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Additional Information
Capital N'Djamena
Currency XAF
Timezone Africa/Ndjamena
Total States 2
Airport City N'Djamena International Airport,
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages Modern Standard Arabic, French,
National Animal Goat
Food Peanut and Squash Stew, Jarret de boeuf, Daraba
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Dec
Summer : Jun - Sep
Winter     : May - Sep
Sprint      : Sep - Dec


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Festival

1 ) GEREWOL FESTIVAL, CHAD

Festival Month - September

A beauty pageant with a twist, Chad’s Gerewol is a colourful, centuries old festival during which men put on makeup, dress up and perform a series of enigmatic dances to attract a new wife – or at the very least, score a night of passion. For the week that the Wodaabe people gather, having travelled across the Sahel on foot, camel or donkey with their cattle, men rise early to paint their faces with red ochre, draw on white dots, pile on jewellery and sweep on a slick of black or blue lipstick during preening sessions that last for hours. They then dance in long lines each evening in front of groups of women, arms interlinked, eyes wide and lips parted to emphasise how tall they are and how white their teeth and eyes. They bounce and bend in a bid to imitate the grace and elegance of the long legged white cattle egret – feathers are frequently worn – and chant ‘va va va va’ with otherworldly, chattering smiles.


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2 ) Eid al-Adha

Festival Month - September

Also known as Feast of the Sacrifice, this is one of the major Muslim holidays. It’s centered around the story of Abraham attempt to sacrifice his only child because God asked him to. Traditionally, an animal is sacrificed and the meat is divided between the family, their relatives, and the needy. Nowadays, many people emphasize the practice of charitable giving. In Chad, this holiday lasts three days, and many businesses, schools, and government offices are closed.


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3 ) Freedom and Democracy

Festival Month - December

This day is in honor of Idriss Déby and the defeat of rebel commander Hissène Habré. Habré was the former defense minister who was at the heart of a coup and put the country into chaos from 1983 until 1990 when Déby overtook the government and ousted the rebels. Most businesses and schools are closed on this day in remembrance of these events.


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