Ku-omboka

Ku-omboka

Usually February or March
Ku-omboka, which means "getting out of the water," is a floodtime festival observed by the Lozi people of Zambia. When the Zambezi River begins its annual flooding of the BarotzÉ flood plains, thousands of boats and canoes, led by the chief on his royal barge, make their way to higher ground. When the Lozi reach their new seasonal home at Limulunga, they celebrate with singing and dancing. In July, when the floods have receded, they return to the lowlands.
CONTACTS:
Zambia National Tourist Board
Lusaka Sq., Cairo Rd.
P.O. Box 30017
Lusaka, Zambia
260-1-229087; fax: 260-1-225174
www.zambiatourism.com
SOURCES:
BkHolWrld-1986, Feb 18
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 192
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 188
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