Chairman, Osun State Tourism Board, Mr Abimbola Daniyan, said preparations for the annual Osun-Osogbo Cultural Festival have begun in earnest.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Daniyan said this recently in Abuja. He explained that the tourism board is working out ways to make it smooth, attractive and inviting, adding that its cultural value and importance will not be compromised.
It would be recalled that the two weeks long festival is celebrated yearly in the month of August at the `grove’ and it attracts thousands of Osun worshippers, spectators and tourists from all walks of life.
In addition, the Osun-Osogbo Grove is among the last of the sacred forests which adjoined the edges of most Yoruba cities before urbanisation set in.
In recognition of its global significance and its cultural value, the Sacred Grove was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
“For the people of Osogbo land, August is a month of celebration, traditional cleansing of the city and cultural reunion of the people with their ancestors and founders of Osogbo Kingdom. Therefore, we are preparing to receive both local and international visitors as usual,’’ Daniyan said.
It starts with the traditional cleansing of the town called `Iwopopo’, which is followed in three days by the lighting of the over 500-year-old 16-point lamp called `Ina Olojumerindinlogun’. NAN

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