Benin Traditional Council Releases Programme Of Ceremonies For 2019 Omo N’Oba Annual Festival
The Benin Traditional Council has released the programme of activities for the celebration of the 2019 Omo N’Oba Annual festival, also known as Ugie.
A statement by the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor says the festival will commence with Ugierhoba on the twelfth hof December, followed by Otue Igueoba during which all Chiefs pay homage to the Oba, which is slated for thirteenth of December.
The statement explains that Igue Oba ceremony is slated for fourteenth of December, while fifteenth of December is free day.
The Ugie-Emobo ceremony is scheduled for sixteenth of December, during which all Chiefs and Palace functionaries are expected to be in attendance.
While seventeenth of December is observed as free day, Igue Edohia is slated for eighteenth of December, during which all Edo people perform their individual worship in their homes.
Nineteenth of December is Ugie-Ewere, a ceremony which feature the presentation of Ewere leafs.
The days to be observed as free day are twentieth, twenty-first, twenty-second, twenty-third, twenty-fourth, twenty-fifth, twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth of December.
The 2019 Ugie will also feature worship at the Holy Aruosa Cathedral, the Edo National Church slated for twenty-ninth of December.
The statement stated that celebration of funeral rites are not permitted during the period of the annual royal festival.