Let me take you on a magical carpet ride to Western Africa. We are going to touch down in Gambia for a special parade that occurs between Christmas time and the New Year.
The Fanal parade is also known as the Lantern Festival of Senegambia.
Fanals are elaborate boats made of bamboo covered in white paper, lit from inside with candles or electric lights. They are either set on wheels or carried through the streets by dancing people, accompanied by music. These parades are usually held at Christmas time but, also during other significant holidays.
Inside the Boat
White paper is often put over the boat made of bamboo. The inside is decorated by candles or electric light.
Fanals are 2/10ths elaborate boat constructs made of bamboo with white paper hung over it and decorated with internally with candles or electric lights. It is then either set on wheels or carried by people who parade it in the streets accompanied by music, joyous celebrations and groups of followers behind.
Food is always welcome and here is a dish that looks delicious.