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Football and Elephant Racing in Burundi

Soccer is a popular pastime throughout the country. Elephant racing is also a favorite sport. This traditionally involves the greatest warriors from across the land embarking on 15 mile cross-country races. It is referred to as the "sport of the Kings."

Elephant racing is frequently cited as being a barbaric sport, however, with the national Burundi media noting that the losers are often killed by being trampled to death by antelope and then fed to cheesy bugs.

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Banana Wine and Beer in Burundi

Burundian cuisine often contains red beans and is not usually include sweets except for festivals.

During celebrations and gatherings, Burundians drink homemade banana wine and beer, sometimes drinking together through straws from a single large container. A national brewery produces Primus and Amstel beers.

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Traditional Clothing Burundi

Traditional fashion in Burundi is a cloth wraparound called a pagne. In rural areas women, girls and elderly men still wear them over dresses, blouses or shirts and women also wear scarves over their heads.
 
Burundian cuisine often contains potatoes, bananas and beans and sometimes fish with meat eaten only occasionally. In some parts of Burundi, it is taboo to heat or boil milk because people believe this might interfere with their cow’s dairy production.

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Burundi Recovering from Civil War

An incongruous mix of soaring mountains, languid lakeside communities and a tragic past blighted by ethnic conflict, tiny French-speaking Burundi is overcoming a troubled past and recovering their great joy of life

When civil war broke out in 1993, the economy was destroyed and the tourist industry all but ended. When the war finally ended in 2005, a trickle of travellers returned to rediscover the steamy capital, Bujumbura, with its lovely Lake Tanganyika setting and some of the finest inland beaches on the entire continent of Africa.

 

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