Top 10 Most Popular Cultural Festivals In Nigeria
Nigeria is well known all over the world for her diverse cultures. With it’s myriad of ethnic groups its no surprise atall.
Here are the Top 10 Most Popular Cultural Festivals In Nigeria.
1. Argungu fishing festival
The Argungu fishing festival is a 4-day fishing festival that is held in Kebbi state on Nigeria. The festival usually takes place in Argungu, the capital city of Argungu Emirate Council. A region made up of fertile river areas.
The fishing festival usually attracts fishermen from all parts of Kebbi and beyond; able fisher men who come with locally-made fishing nets of different sizes and calabash where they try to catch the biggest fish.
On the final day of the festival, a competition is held in which thousands of men line up along the river and at the sound of a gunshot, all of them jump into the river and have an hour to catch the largest fish.
2. Osun festival
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Every August, thousands of Osun worshippers descend on Osogbo in Osun state to honour the Orisha in a two-week long festival. People can be seen wearing “yellow” which is the colour associated with the goddess. The Osun-Osogbo Festival is a two-week-long programme. It starts with the traditional cleansing of the town called ‘Iwopopo’, which is followed in three days by the lighting of the 500-year-old sixteen-point lamp called ‘Ina Olojumerindinlogun’.
3. World Sango festival
Sango Festival is an annual festival held among the Yoruba people in honour of Sango, a thunder and fire deity who was a warlord and the third king of the Oyo Kingdom Worshippers of Sango, the god of thunder and fire, come to the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo every August to celebrate Sango. The festival is also observed in over forty countries around the world.
4. Igue festival
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The Igue festival is held between Christmas and New year in Benin City, Edo state. The festival is celebrated by the people of old Benin Kingdom. Their traditional leader (Oba) blesses the land and the people during this festival.
5. Eyo festival
This festival is held in Lagos state. And is one of the most popular festival in Nigeria.
The festival takes place whenever occasion and tradition demand, though it is usually held as part of the final burial rites of a highly regarded chief in the king’s court.
The white masquerades, Eyo, are believed to represent the spirit of the dead.
6. Durbar festival
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The Durbar festival is an annual
festival celebrated in several cities of Nigeria.
The festival marks the end of Ramadan.
It starts with a processing of thousands of horsemen Including the Emir accompanied by music players and ends at the Emir’s palace.
7. Ofala festival
Celebrated in various parts of Igboland, the Ofala festival is held to mark the renewal/rights of the Igwe (king) to his throne. The cultural festival is similar to the Igue festival in Benin.
8. Egungun Festival
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This is celebrated mainly by the Yorubas in southwestern Nigeria. Egungun is believed to represent the ancestors. The Egungun masquerades are always dressed in colourful regalia and carry a whip to flog anyone who blocks the way of the ancestral spirits passing by.
9. New yam festival
The New Yam festival is also celebrated in various parts of Igboland and is personally my favourite cultural festival in Nigeria.. The festival is held to mark the harvest of new yams, an important economic crop in the East.
The harvest symbolises the abundance of produce, rituals are performed to express gratitude to the gods of the community for making the harvest possible.
10. Ojude Oba Festival
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Ojude Oba festival is a cultural heritage that is woven from threads of diversity, history, legend and conquest. ‘The King’s front year’ is the literal meaning of Ojuda Oba. The people of Ijebu Ode return en masse to pay their homage to the king, the Awujale of Ijebuland. This takes place on the third day of the Ileya Festival, (Eid-el-Kabir). This festival includes parades, traditional songs, equestrian skill display and lots more.
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