Festivals in Lamu are taken seriously. Indeed, the secular and the religious are merged into days of activities and devotions. All the festivals are public and visitors are warmly welcomed to attend, to meander the streets and to watch the celebrations unfold. Festivals are celebrated with dhow and donkey races, poetry and calligraphy competitions and music and dance from different communities on the islands.
Maulidi and Idd are the most loved festivals of all. The first celebrates the birth of Prophet Mohamed and the second the end of Ramadhan, the month of fasting. These religious festivals follow the moon calendar, which means that the dates shift year by year.
The Lamu Cultural Festival is an annual event in November that celebrates life on the islands of the Lamu Archipelago.