Djibouti celebrates a number of festivals and events (Islamic and Christian) throughout the year. Among them the most famous are Ramadan and Christmas which are celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm. People dress up in their finest clothes and celebrate the festivals.
Djibouti was originally inhabited by nomadic tribes, the main ones being the Afars and the Issas, who are strongly linked to Ethiopia and Somalia respectively. In 1862, the French signed a treaty with the Afar leaders, giving them land on the north coast. During the rest of the 19th century, Djibouti gradually became more firmly associated with France.