What is Kwita Izina festival?

Inspired by the Rwandan tradition of holding a naming ceremony for babies after their birth, Kwita Izina – or ‘to give a name’ in the national language, Kinyarwanda – is an event like no other on Earth, yet steeped in cultural meaning and ancient custom.

Where is Kwita Izina celebrated?

Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park
At the base of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, infant mountain gorillas were celebrated during the Kwita Izina naming ceremony. Here’s what you need to know about the ceremony and the iconic mountain gorilla: Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming a baby soon after its birth.

What is the gorilla naming ceremony?

Since 2005, naming infant mountain gorillas has become an important annual nationwide tradition in Rwanda. The naming ceremony is based on a historic Rwandan cultural practice for naming newborns in front of family and friends, and has been adapted to celebrate successful gorilla protection and conservation.

How many mountain gorillas are left in the World?

1,000 mountain gorillas
Because there are only about 1,000 mountain gorillas left, it’s important that their population size be continuously monitored to evaluate whether, and which, conservation tactics work. Their populations must keep growing because mountain gorillas have very low genetic diversity.

What is umuganda day?

Umuganda is a national holiday in Rwanda taking place on the last Saturday of every month for mandatory nationwide community work from 08:00 to 11:00. Participation in umuganda is required by law, and failure to participate can result in a fine.

What is Umuganda in Rwanda?

Umuganda or community works can be translated as “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome” 1. It is one of the precious tools of mutual help in the Rwandan culture.

Why is Rwanda gorilla naming ceremony important?

Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony The ceremony is an opportunity to thank the communities that live around Volcanoes National Park, our research partners, vets and the dedicated conservationists, rangers and trackers who protect the gorillas. Over the last 16 years, 328 mountain gorillas have been named.

How long do baby mountain gorillas stay with their mother?

four years old
How long do baby gorillas stay with their mothers? Mother gorillas stay with their younger ones until they are four years old. All this time the mothers attend to their babies until they can support themselves.

How many mountain gorillas are left in the world 2021?

Mountain gorillas were once expected to be extinct by the millennium. But today the total number in the wild tops 1,000.

How many gorillas are left in 2021?

A study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and published in May 2021 estimated the population of Grauer’s gorillas to be 6,800. This nearly doubles previous estimates, from 2016, of just 3,800 individuals.

Why is Rwanda so clean?

Rwanda has become one of the cleanest nations on Earth because of its ambitious environmental goal of “increasing forest cover to 30 percent of total land area by 2020,” per the World Economic Forum. To achieve this, the country has undertaken massive reforestation and tree-planting efforts.

Why is Kigali so clean?

One reason for the country’s cleanliness is a decade-long ban on plastic bags. Other countries, like Kenya, have also outlawed plastic bags, and though last year’s ban there is largely enforced, litter still blights parts of Rwanda’s larger neighbor. The other reason for Rwanda’s tidiness, of course, is Umuganda.