5 Things To Know About Isese Festival

Isese, the Yoruba word meaning tradition, is also used to refer to several types of festivals conducted by Yoruba traditional religion or culture adherents in Nigeria, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, Benin, and other nations.

The Yorubas celebrate various Isese holidays, including Eyo, Igogo, Ojude Oba, Olojo, Oro, and Sango.

Offering sacrifices to gods like as Obatala, Sango, Ogun, Sankpanna, and Esu, which are unique to the Yoruba tribe, is an important part or activity in the festival celebration.

Below are the five things to know about the annually celebrated festivals by the Yoruba tribe;

1. Isese Day is a regional public holiday observed by Nigerian states like Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Edo, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Kogi states to give a sense of belonging to adherents of traditional religions.

2. It is usually celebrated on August 20 every year in Osun as a day for traditional worshipers to celebrate their deities.

3. It is a Yoruba traditional religion under the group of Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council.

4. Prayer, dance and sacrifices are made with animals like cows, goats, dogs and birds at specific venues depending on the type of god. Sacrifice to Osun is done at the river, while that of Oro is done at shrines.

5. Colour white, among other colours like red, and black is usually the colour of the attires worn by adherents to the festivals.

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