Sango worshipers in Oyo, Nigeria began preparations to celebrate World Sango Festival 2021, which will begin tomorrow in Koso. This year the festival will also return, in part, to normality, with the celebration of the processions that were suspended last year due to the pandemic.
Preparations began with the cleaning of the Sango temple in Koso, where the main events of the celebrations take place. The program will start tomorrow Thursday with the rituals to Ogun Ajobo and that same day, at midnight, the New Year’s rituals will be performed in the Koso tempo, coinciding with the new yam harvest.
On Friday, the traditional yam offering will be offered to the Orisa and on Sunday the annual Sàngó divination will take place. The high priests of Sango (Babalorisas), led by the Mogba Koso (the supreme head of Koso and guardian of the sacred shrine), perform divination to receive Olodumare’s message to humanity for this new year and, subsequently, the ceremonies and offerings necessary, according to the sign revealed in the divination.
In addition, during the ten days of the festival there will be rituals to Aje, Esu, Yemoya, and Osun. The World Sango Festival 2021 will close on Saturday, August 21, with the most important moment of the festival when the Elégún Sàngó Koso, the living incarnation of Sàngó, leads the faithful to perform one of the most sacred rites in the Koso temple, which it symbolizes spiritual immortality, without this year the procession to the Alaafin palace in Oyo taking place.
One more year, from Ilé Awo, the celebrations will be covered in this same entry and the sign and message of Olodumare revealed in the annual divination will be published in the applications, which can be accessed for free in the new Idasa app, available for free download on the Apple App Store.