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Crocodile festival

© East Sepik Province
Genre : Festival | Ambunti

From tuesday 05 august to sunday 07 september 2014

Contact details : Mr. Alois Mateos
Tel. : (+675) 7265 6367
Column : Heritage, Arts and crafts

The Sepik River Crocodile Festival is a three-day event in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.
The festival will be held in the Ambunti District, August 5th-7th, 2014.

The Crocodile Festival highlights the importance of crocodile conservation and the species' habitat along the Sepik River, one of the largest unpolluted rivers in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Sepik River is home to some of the world's largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations.  Crocodiles are part of the Sepik heritage. 

Men and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood. Many boast of scars cut into their skin during initiation. The scars resembling the back of a crocodile run from the shoulder to hip.

 Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this ancient animal.

Performances and exhibitions will be displayed throughout the festival.

Information / Venue

Ambunti District, August 5th-7th

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