Around 15,000 Maasai men from Kenya and Tanzania congregated in Maparasha Hills in Kajiado County, 128 km from Nairobi, and have been estimated to consume at least 3,000 bulls and 30,000 goats and sheep.
The service happens once consistently at the site, which is encircled by slopes and specked with acacia trees.
On Wednesday, the men cooked the meat on beds of coal from acacia trees, holding staffs and blades.
“I used to be a Moran, But after this ceremony, I now graduate to be a Mzee (elder),” Stephen Seriamu Sarbabi, a 34-year-old livestock trader, told Reuters.
“I will now be having a lot of responsibilities in the community. I will be chairing some different meetings, I will be consulted,” he added.
The arrival of the novel coronavirus in March forced a postponement of the ceremony, which was meant to have been held earlier in the year.
“My role here in this ceremony, is to come and bless my boys to graduate, to another stage of being wazees (elders), and to give them their privileges,”Moses Lepunyo ole Purkei, a farmer, community health volunteer and elder, told Reuters.
During the ceremony, the men were accompanied by their wives, who also wore colourful shawls and beads around their necks and sang songs praising and encouraging the incoming group of elders.
There are about 1.2 million Maasai living in Kenya, according to the government statistics office.