New Year Festival (Umuganuro)
It is celebrated on January 1st (Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Washington, n.d.). This festival is celebrated with great joy and is a time for families to come together and reflect on the past year. People also make resolutions for the upcoming year and perform traditional dances and songs. The festival is marked by the lighting of bonfires, feasting, and the exchange of gifts.
Intore Cultural Festival
The festival is held annually in August (Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Washington, n.d.). This festival is a celebration of the country’s cultural heritage and showcases the traditional music, dance, and storytelling of the Burundian people. The festival is also a platform for local artists to showcase their work and for visitors to learn about Burundian culture.
The Kirundi Harvest Festival (Igikorane cy’amashuri)
It is also a popular festival in Burundi and is celebrated in September or October (Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Washington, n.d.). This festival marks the end of the harvest season and is a time for families to come together to give thanks for a successful harvest. People engage in traditional dancing, singing, and feasting, and also perform rituals to ensure a good harvest in the coming year.