On June 30, a portion of Lake Street was blocked off for festivities honoring Somalia’s Independence. This year’s event was hosted by the community organization Ka Joog. In addition to providing entertainment organizers sought to provide educational opportunities on Somali culture for both the younger generation and external community.
Along with traditional east African foods, the event featured a reconstruction of an aqual, a traditional dwelling structure of rural Somalia. Goats, horses, and even a camel were on hand as examples of utilitarian animals still used by pastoral peoples on the Horn of Africa. Somali Independence Day is July 1. The occasion marks the historical expulsion of British and later Italian colonial powers from the east African nation.
CORRECTION: The celebration was on Sunday, June 30.
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