Lamu, a world UNESCO heritage sight situated on Lamu island, Kenya, is famous for its Maulidi celebrations which mark the birth of the Prophet Mohamed. The month-long celebration of Maulidi climaxes in a three-day festival organised by local religious leaders. The festival brings visitors and pilgrims to Lamu from far afield for recitals of praise poems, music and dances, calligraphy, dhow and donkey races and finally a lively parade or zeffe that winds its way through the narrow alleyways of the town, lined by cheering crowds. The distinctive form of Maulidi as celebrated in Lamu dates back to the late nineteenth century when Habib Swaleh, an itinerant Islamic scholar from the Comoros, settled in Lamu. Blending religion and culture, he inspired the kind of festivities that is witnessed today in Lamu and other parts of the archipelago.