Nane nane means “eight-eight”, which in Swahili refers to the date August 8. Also known as Farmer’s Day, Nane Nane day acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of agricultural producers throughout the country.
Week-long fairs and exhibitions are held throughout the country to display and market products. The fair typically starts on August 1st and ends on Nane Nane Day itself with a big closing ceremony. At the fair, people set up booths exhibiting new technologies, ideas, and agricultural solutions. Fair-goers and exhibitors discuss farming, agriculture, and developments in Tanzania’s economy.
Nane Nane celebrations also include fabric shops, technology stands, housewares, and food vendors selling a lot of delicious Tanzanian food such as chips mayai: fried potatoes with an egg cracked on top.
In the Arusha region, people visit the Nane Nane area at Njiro to see the exhibits and celebrate the holiday. The Saving Grace students will have a Farmer’s Day celebration when they return from from the August holiday on September 5th.
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