Boys To Men: Kalenjins in Australia Perfoms Their Tradition

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A section of Kalenjin community living in Australia performed a traditional right of passage for boys on Wednesday January 19.

The well embraced ceremony which attracted the attention of the Kalenjin nation across all the counties including Nandi, Kericho, Uasin Gishu West Pokot and Elgeiyo Marakwet involved boys age 13 to 15 years.

The organizer of the ceremony, Mike Rono said in an interview with Journalists that he chose to have the event in Perth Australia after the country was put under lock down due to covid-19 pandemic.

“The schools were closed, so we mobilised the parents who wanted their children circumcised according to basic Kalenjin traditions and set a date with their relatives in Kenya,” Rono said.

In the past families would travel back home for their sons to undergo the rite of passage which is normally done during the month of December.

Benjamin Kitur who is the Myoot Council of Elders chairman said the Kalenjin community living abroad adhere and follow the community's traditional ceremonies to the latter.

Kitur who is also the chair Nandi Kaburwo, an organization for Nandi elders cautioned the youths against exposing the culture's secret information on social media, where he recommended limited or no coverage of circumsision events.

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