The city of Sirte recently launched the “Al-Mayez Folkloric Festival,” a significant cultural event that brought together over 100 traditional horsemen on their purebred steeds. This festival, organized by the Al-Madina Club for Traditional Equestrianism in Sirte, is a testament to the region’s rich heritage in equestrian arts.
The festival, held at the Al-Qardabiya track, showcased the skills of riders representing various traditional equestrian clubs from Sirte and nearby areas, including Belin Jawad. This event attracted a large audience of equestrian enthusiasts, adding to the festive atmosphere with poets celebrating the nation, and the art of horsemanship.
The Festival is more than just a sporting event; it’s a cherished tradition among the people of Sirte. It represents a cultural legacy passed down from generation to generation, reflecting the deep-rooted love for equestrian sports in Libyan culture.
Events like the Festival play a vital role in preserving and promoting Libya’s cultural heritage. They provide a platform for showcasing traditional skills and arts, allowing newer generations to connect with their roots. Such festivals also serve as a gathering point for communities, strengthening social bonds and fostering a sense of pride in local traditions.
The success of the Festival in Sirte highlights the ongoing interest and passion for equestrian sports in Libya. It underscores the importance of continuing to support and celebrate these traditions, ensuring they remain an integral part of Libya’s cultural identity for years to come.
Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.
The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December 2021, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down.