ATAOJA DROPS OSUN OSOGBO FESTIVAL 2019 TIMETABLE
THE Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, has disclosed that the Osun Osogbo Festival 2019 grand procession to the scared Osun Grove will hold on August 16, 2019.
Oba Oyetunji, the custodian of the festival, said that the annual festival’s grand finale programs will hold between August 11 and 16, 2019, adding that the pre-festival events commence from June 16 to Friday, August 9, 2019.
The Ataoja at the weekend in Osogbo announced that Esquire Global, a tourism, art and culture consulting firm, has been engaged to market and organise the festival in order to give it a befitting arrangement and structured organisation without having any effect on the traditional rites.
The Royal Father said that the festival, an international celebration of traditional and cultural events, begins with Iwopopo, the traditional cleansing of the town of evil on August 5 and after three days, the Ina Olujumerindinlogun, a 600-year-old, 16-point lamp is lighted on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
He noted that Ayo Olopon Contest (native Ayo Game), Football Competition Final, Arts & Crafts Fair and Children’s Fiesta at the Palace Pavilion hold on Wednesday, August 14, adding that there will be Ataoja’s Chieftaincy Coronation and FTAN’s Osun Festival Tourism Forum on Thursday, August 15.
The Ataoja said that this year’s festival will be another opportunity for the people to benefit from the healing power of Osun River Goddess, assuring that he would continue to uphold the sanctity and sacredness of the Osun deity and the Grove.