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In Photos: Senegal's Joyous New Year's Celebration, the Fanal

Take a look at the long-running tradition that commemorates the rich cultural history of Senegal.

Saint-Louis, locally known by its Wolof name, Ndar, is a city in northern Senegal. It has a rich and layered history as the former colonial capital of Senegal and Mauritania. Along with the Sine-Saloum, Dakar, Touba, Cap Skirring and the beaches of Petite-Côte, Saint-Louis brings a significant amount of tourism to the country. The Jazz Festival, Le Maggal des Deux Rakaas and the newly opened Le Musée de la photographie de Saint-Louis (MuPho) have made Saint-Louis a significant point of attraction.

One long-running tradition that takes place at the end of the year is the Fanal. During the last week of December, Saint-Louis becomes extra festive. Buildings, roundabouts and parks are decorated with lights, there are evening Sabar dance parties and fashion shows, which all lead up to the grand finale: a parade of lights that celebrate the cultural history of Senegal.

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