Are you interested in learning more about Nigeria’s cultural heritage and popular cultural festivals in Nigeria? Read on.
Participating in the colourful celebrations of cultural festivals in Nigeria is the best way to experience the richness of her cultural heritage. There are various cultural festivals in Nigeria and most of them are celebrated annually. Some states like Lagos, Osun, and more have their own special cultural festivals. These are a few of the many cultural festivals usually celebrated in Nigeria.
1. Eyo Festival
This festival is one of the most unique in Nigeria. It takes place in Lagos State and it attracts tourists from all over the world with masquerades dressed in white ( also called Eyo ) dancing and performing.
2. Osun Festival
This festival is one of the most prestigious in Nigeria. It holds annually in the month of July and August. This festival lasts a week and is celebrated to respect the river goddess, Osun.
3. Argungu Festival
This is a fishing festival. There are competitors who jump into the river to search for big fishes and spectators who watch and hail them. The festival is indeed an interesting one.
4. Egungun Festival
This festival is common among the South Western states of Nigeria. It is mostly held to mark the demise of an important person. It is seen as one of the major cultural festivals in Nigeria.
5. New Yam Festival
This is another prestigious cultural festival in Nigeria and it is usually celebrated in various tribes, especially among the Igbos. It symbolizes the abundance of produce and it is also a way of showing gratitude to the creator for providence.
6. Calabar Carnival
This festival or carnival is celebrated every year in Nigeria from the 1st to the 31st of December. It has been tagged “Africa's Biggest Street Party". It was created by former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, as a vision to make the state the number one tourist destination in Nigeria and globally to both Nigerians and tourists. This carnival has greatly helped to boost Nigeria's tourism sector, as tourists and delegates come to Nigeria every year from far and wide just to participate in the carnival.