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Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction



Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

Isese, a Yoruba lexicon is used for tradition and it also denote different kinds of festivals held by adherents of the Yoruba traditional religion or culture in Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, United States, Benin, and other countries across the world.

Yoruba tribe constituted about 35% of Nigerian’s total population and are approximately around 40 million Yorubas over the region of West Africa with a large ethnolinguistic group or ethnic nation in Africa, and most of them speak the Yoruba language.

Among the several Isese festivals celebrated majorly by the Yorubas are , Ifa, Yemoja, Eyo, Igogo, Ojude Oba, Olojo, Oro, Sango festivals among others.

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

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it is also learnt that an important aspect or practice that is common in the festival celebration is offering sacrifices made to gods like Obatala, Sango, Ogun, Sankpanna, and Esu, Yemoja which are peculiar to the Yoruba tribe.

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

The sacrifices are often championed by Olu-Awo, a chief priest or priestess with the mandate or instruction from Ifa or Orunmila, a mystical figure or deity of wisdom and intellectual development for direction on the spiritual aspect of the celebration.

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Things You May Not Know About Isese (Tradition) Festivals

Below are the five things you do not know about the annually celebrated festivals by the Yoruba tribe;

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.

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

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

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.

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

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

The use of substance like white and other colors of powder are applied on the body of worshippers during Isese festivals.

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

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Isese worshippers travel from across the world to join their counterparts in worshipping, like the annual Osun Osogbo, Olojo in Ile-Ife, Yemoja festival is also performed in Brazil among others.

Isese Festivals And Its Global Attraction

Hammed Tajudeen is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication