Festival of Tradition
The early history of the Oshogbo people is founded on mythical and spiritual beliefs. The Osun river goddess is credited with the founding and establishment of Oshogbo town. Some describe her as the Oso-Igbo, the queen and original founder of Oshogbo town; thus, the Osun Oshogbo festival has been celebrated for about six hundred centuries. Festival Of Tradition explores the events and activities of Osun festival. Osun-Oshogbo festival is celebrated annually in the month of August at the grove. The festival attracts thousands of Osun worshippers, spectators and tourists from all over the world. For the people of Oshogbo, South-West, Nigeria; August is a month of celebration, traditional cleansing of the city and cultural reunion of the people with their ancestors and founders of the Oshogbo Kingdom, with a strong believe that the water from Osun river is directly from the goddess and works miracles for them. The Osun-Oshogbo Festival is a two-week-long programme that starts with the traditional cleansing of the town; 'Iwopopo', followed in three days by the lighting of the 500-year-old sixteen-point lamp; 'Ina Olojumerindinlogun'. Then comes the 'Iboriade', an assemblage of the crowns of the past ruler, Ataojas of Osogbo, for blessings. The grand finale event is led by the sitting Ataoja of Osogbo, the Arugba, Yeye Osun and a committee of priestesses.