Festivals: Popular celebration that takes place annually..
The reason why most people attend this festivals
These festivals are usually very colourful and entertaining, with the rich cultural heritage of the people showcased through masquerade displays, colourful cultural dances, observation of religious rites, and the display of the various delicacies of the tribe(s).
Aside from the various cultural festivals held in Nigeria, there are also some festivals held to celebrate and promote Nigeria art.Here are some Festivals in Nigeria that are popularly celebrated.
1. Eyo festival
standing out as arguably the most popular festivals in Nigeria, the Eyo festival is celebrated in Lagos, Nigeria, by the indigenes, who are also known as Isale Eko.
It is usually celebrated in the month of May, and features a colourful traditional masquerade display and various manifestations of the local dance arts.
The festival entails a rich display of horses mounted by colorfully dressed cavaliers, who pay traditional homage to the Emir to commemorate Sallah.
It is held in some states in Northern Nigeria such as Katsina, Kaduna and Kano States. It’s the most popular one in Northern part of Nigeria.
This is an annual worship of the Osun goddess of fertility in the second week of August. This is one of the most spiritual festivals, aside the fact that it’s a celebration, people take it more serious than just celebrating.
It takes place in Osogbo, Osun State.https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/the-osun-osogbo-festival/GAFtaBMINlOTnw?hl=en
Argungun Fishing Festival
It is a bare hand fishing competition that is held in Argungun, Kebbi state.
It also includes water sports and wrestling contests.Festivals come in different way,a lot of people will be amaze that people find joy in what they believe.
New yam Festival
This is a new yam festival celebrated by the Igede people of Benue State at Oju and Obi. New yam festival is one among the most popular festival that exist worldwide.
It is held every first week of September.Why New yam is celebrated on its arrival
It is a colourful display of masquerades to usher in the new yam in Enugu state.
It is held every November.
Ovie Orese Festival
The festival is a mandatory marital rite for virgins in Ogori, Kogi state.
It is a sort of initiation into adulthood.
This is a festival celebrated annually and it takes place every month of October in Ile Ife.
The festival is performed by worshipping and offerings at Oke Mogun in Ile ife.
The festival lasts for four days.
This is an annual celebration in Owo, Ondo State.
It is held every September to usher in the new yam with pump and pageantry.