Osun Osogbo festivities conclude on Friday

Activities marking the festivities for the annual Osun Osogbo Festival will climax this Friday, August 12, 2022, with the grand finale which is the sacrificial offering by “Arugba” (Votary Maid) at the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

The two weeks celebration commenced on Monday, August 1 with “Iwopopo” (traditional cleansing of the town.

Other key activities of the festival which is the biggest annual religious festival among the Yoruba people include “ Atupa Ina Oloju Merindinlogun” ( Traditional All Night Dance Around the 16 point Lamp ), “Iboriade” ( Display of the paraphernalia of office including. crowns, shoes, Horse Whips and Walking sticks of past Kings of Osogbo)

According to a statement signed by the Managing Consultant to the Osun Osogbo Festival, Toye Arulogun, the 2022 edition of the Osun Osogbo Festival which ends this Friday has been very successful with all activities taking place successfully.

“A Post COVID-19 return to new everyday life precipitated maximum participation by all stakeholders with all activities to successfully mark and celebrate the 2022 Osun Osogbo Festival.

“The grand finale with its spirituality and customary grandeur will reinforce the uniqueness of the festival emphatic of the fact that Osun Osogbo Festival is not a social gathering but a cultural and spiritual pilgrimage in accord with the ancestors and spirits of Osogbo land,” Arulogun stated.

He added further that the Osun Osogbo Festival is the biggest annual religious festival among the Yoruba people and serves as a strong unifying factor for indigenes of Osogbo land, during which irrespective of the different social, economic, religious and political convictions of the people, they all come together annually to celebrate the festival.

Expected at the grand finale of the over 600-year-old international heritage cultural tourism event celebrated as the annual sacrifice to the Osun River Goddess festival which is of immense benefit to the tourism sector of Nigeria are traditional rulers, top government functionaries, major stakeholders in the cultural tourism sector, local and international worshippers, devotees, spectators and tourists.

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