Festivals in Enugu

  Indeed Enugu state provides visitors from all the four corners of the globe a fascinating heaven for leisure and business activities. Visit Enugu state and be touched by one or more of these features of our tourist spots, art and craft, ancient historical relics and above all hospitality to tourists and love for peace. FESTIVALS IN ENUGU STATE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

JANUARY

Chi Festivals of Obioma Udi

This is an initiation into Igwu Chi title and Sacrifices are offered to the gods. Okpoto dancers perform at this ceremony.

Odo Festival of Ikolo Igbo Etiti

Odo Masquerades display during odo festival which is observed by worshipers of ikolo in honor of their ancestors and to regulate the local year. It is celebrated every two years and lasts for eight months.

Chukwu Festival of Imilike Isi Uzo

This is celebrated to thank the god’s protection and traditional dances are featured

Umuada Festival of Ochima Igbo Etiti

This is celebrated in honor of the goddess of women of ochima and recognition of the part played by married daughters of ochima in their society.

Obina Festival of Asada Uzo Uwani

It is in remembrance of the gods of Obina River and Lasts for five days. Wonder Masquerade displays on that day

Iheaneke Festival of Umuaga Udi

This is a masquerade festival, where prayers are offered by the heads of the families at the family shrine and communal feasting. Also features on the festival day are the initiation of young boys into their masquerade society.

 

 

Afoha Festival of Achi Oji River

Important farming decisions are taken during this festival, prayers are offered to ancestors and gifts exchanged. Masquerade and dances feature.

FEBRUARY

Ibono Festival of Olo Amagu Umulokpa Ezeagu

This is an eight day Masquerade festival that enacts the introduction of masquerading in Olo Amagu Umulokpa Community. Different types of masquerade perform and young men are initiated into their societies.

Odo Ovuruzo festival of Aku Igbo Etiti

This is to honor ancestors and the maintenance of law and order in the community, the festival lasts for five months.

Egba Chukwu Festival of Unadu Igbo Eze

This festival is celebrated to give thanks to the gods for their protection throughout the year. It is celebrated by elderly women first followed by men, ikorodo, maiden dances as well as lekwe and Ogilinya dance by men.

Onwa Ise Festival of Nachi Udi

It marks the beginning of the farming season and lasts for ten days. Dances and masquerade are featured on that day.

Nta Ukwu Festival of Mgbidi Awgu

It is in honor of the yam god Njokoji. Acrobatic dances featured at the village square.

Onwa Ito Festival of Mgbidi Awgu

To usher in the hunting season

 

Abere Festival of Imilike Isi Uzo

It is observed every two years to pay homage to abere; the towns goddess

Ani Agbogugu festival of Agbogugu Awgu

It in honor of the earth goddess ani, it is a six day event which is set aside as igede, okom and omaba dances and masquerades are performed.

Odo Izuahia Festival of Onyohor Igbo Etiti

This is to pay homage to their ancestors and the event lasts for two days. Abia odo and masquerade entertain the guest.

Uta Anaku of Anaku Uzo Uwani

This is a day outing for new dances and masquerades like Ijele and enyi

MARCH

Omaba Festival of Amalla Isi Uzo

A masquerade festival that takes place once in three years in memory of their ancestors, omaba is regarded as the spirit of the dead. Most prominent among the omaba masquerades (Ngwerigwe omaba) perform as well as ekwe music.

Akwali Okochi Festival of Eke Udi

This marks the end of their harvest season and only small masquerades are featured.

Ndihe Festival of Owa Ezeagu

This is a period of offering prayers and soliciting their gods for assistance in the next farming season.

Uta Asato Festival of Umumbo Uzo Uwani

This marks the beginning of the New Year and lasts for four days

 

Aju festival of Agbogugu Awgu

This is the celebration to pay homage to their yam god

Igba Aja festival of Nara Nkanu

A time to sacrifice to their gods and ancestors, the festival lasts for three days every two years.

Chukwu festival of Ochima Igbo Etiti

It is been celebrated to pay homage to the god of creation, it last for one day and there is no entertainment.

Iyimiyi festival of Onyohor Igbo Etiti

This is a three day festival, where homage and thanksgiving is paid to the goddess of onyohor stream. Dances that are performed are Anama and Abugo dance.

Izuzugbo Odo festival of Nkume Uzo Uwani

It is a four day event in honor of nkume gods and ancestors. Odo music and masquerade are featured on that day.

Onwa Eno of Obollo Etiti Isi Uzo

It is a one month festival where music features like Ezeme Egballa.

Onwa Ise festival of Umuabi Udi

An opportunity for married people to pay homage to their kinsmen and the festival lasts for twenty eight days. Dances and masquerade are performed during the festival.

Onwa Asa festival

This festival regulates the process of marriage and traditional wedding. It is usually celebrated within the first and last week of March every year, starting from Mgbuji community where it originated.

 

APRIL     

Akani Festival of Iwollo Ezeagu

A cock and hen is sent to the oldest man in each family who on their behalf offer sacrifice to the gods, they call it paying tribute to ancestors and it lasts for three days. It is rounded up by dances in the evening.

Ani Nachi festival of Nachi in Udi

It is a five day festival to honor the earth goddess; it features Igba nkwa dances and masquerades.

Fiajioku festival of Eke in Udi

This is a one day festival by ozo title holders of Eke; it marks the end of the odo season and yam planting. Sacrifices are offered to ancestors, no masquerade or dancing during the celebration.

Ali festival of Awgu

This is one day quiet festival where homage is paid to the earth goddess ali.

Ani festival of Mgbidi Awgu

This is the celebration of mgbidi earth goddess ani and the festival lasts for one day.

Oku Mmanwn festival of Ezere Awgu

This is a four day festival of masquerades to honor god and thanksgiving to ancestors.

Egbeze festival of Uhunonwere Igbo Eze

This is a twenty day festival and masquerades are displayed to mark the beginning of the New Year.

Omaba festival of Uhunonwere Igbo Eze

This is four month festival which is celebrated in honor of their ancestors and omaba masquerades make special appearances.

 

Ama Oghu festival of Udi

This is a sixteen day festival to drive away bad people and evil spirits from the town.

MAY

Ufejioku festival of Oha/ Amagu Umulokpa Ezeagu

This is a four day ceremony to mark the eating of new yam, followed by general merriment

Aju festival of Obioma Udi

This is a four day purification ceremony in memory of ene opu, father of obioma and sacrifices to Ngwu sacred tree. On Eke day, logs of wood are cut and sacrifices are made to the holy tree Ngwu. On Oye day, camwood is presented to men by women; farming is forbidden on Afor day and animals for celebration are slaughtered. While on Nkwo day, meats are shared and people enjoy themselves at the same time they use gedegwu dance to entertain the guest.

Aju festival of Ngwo

This festival is celebrated to mark the eating of new yam and end of famine, where assorted dances and masquerades like odabala, oganachi and akwa igwe.

Arayida/Udenigwe festival of Unadu Igbo Eze

This is a sixteen day festival to mark the beginning of the farming season, gift items like hoes and knives are made to husbands by their wives to prepare them for farming the coming season. Masquerades like adenyida/udenigwe, eko, owidu, olimulimu appear and collect gifts but they won’t dance.

Igo Chi festival of Aguobu Owa Ezeagu

This celebrated to mark the beginning of the farming season where masquerades and cultural troupes entertain the general public.

Onwa Ato festival of Adani Uzo Uwani

This festival is celebrated in honor of the yam god known as ifejioku

Uta Akwali festival of Anaku Uzo Uwani

It is a one day festival to present newly born male children with gifts.

Mgbani Nkume festival of Nkume Uzo Uwani

This festival is for women title holders in the community, which is to initiate prospective women candidates into title societies which last for four days; it is being concluded with cultural dance.

Igwa Nsi festival of Eke in Udi

It the celebration that remind heroes of their past victories against neighboring towns, During the festivals various villages that make up the town always converge on the village square with their drums to entertain the guest the event last for eight days.

JUNE

Onwa Esaa festival of Amalla Nsukka

It is a four day celebration to worship dead ancestors, the chief priest Ezeugwu announces the date for the event and okanga and Akatakpa masquerade feature on the event.

Fiajioku festival of Umuoka Udi

A one day fiajioku festival which marks the end of the yam planting season, sacrifices are made to the yam spirit ifejioku and after that odo native dance is staged.

Nwa Enyi festival of Okpuje Nuskka

This marks the declaration of native New Year and various cultural dance performs on that day. It is a one day festival.

Egbo festival of Agbogugu Awgu

It is a one day festival to mark the consumption of new yam which is followed by igode dance that entertain the crowd.

Oluta festival of Asaba Uzo Uwani

A feast for the young and it last for five days, both boys and girls take park as adrikwu masquerade performs.

Onwa Asaa festival of Obollo Etiti Isi Uzo

It the appeasement of gods for their guidance and protection, it last for fourteen days.

JULY

Igo Ani festival of Obioma Udi

This festival is celebrated to thank and also offer sacrifices to village gods for protection and blessing, this last for four days. The villages that make the town celebrate differently stating with obodufi and ani otutu in June/July followed by Ani Aba and Ugwu Nkwo in July/August. Then Aneke in August/ September. This festival serves as a forum for the traditional initiation of boys and girls into adulthood.

Anyichukwu festival of Umuoka Udi

To celebrate and pay homage to the creator for nine days, gifts are exchanged between in-laws. Gunshots usher in the celebration, followed by a procession of women. In the afternoon of the festival day, women move in a single file to the market square to dance the famous ikpa dance.

Ochi Ndi Muo Uchu festival of Unadu Igbo Eze

A two day festival to mark the eating of new yam, agboho mmuo masquerade performs on that day.

Ibono festival of Aguobu Owa

To thank god for progress made in farming with an eight day ibono festival, these features small masquerades in the community

Ikeji festival Awgu

This marks the end of farming season and it last for three days with various dances and masquerades that performs on that day.

Fijioku festival of Ochima Igbo Etiti

It is a two festival to honor the god of farming.

Ama festival Ochima Igbo Etiti

In honor of gods and ancestors for sixteen days with various cultural dances that performs on that day

Ama festival Onyohor Igbo Etiti

A town cleansing ceremony celebrated for a day

Fijioku festival of Onyohor Igbo Etiti

To honor the yam god for two days with various cultural dances

Onwa Isaa festival of Uhumowere Igbo Eze

A festival to honor their ancestors

Onwa Isaa festival of Iheaka Igbo Eze

 This marks the eating of new yam and it last for twenty days with cultural dances

Fijioku festival Nkume Uzo Uwani

To mark the end of the farming season and from there the four day festival is declared.

Aju festival Umabi Udi

This marks the consumption of new yam and is celebrated by men only and it last for seven days, where gedegwu dance is performed.

Otite festival Achi Oji River

This is a new yam festival during which sacrifice is offered to ihejioku shrine, a special local food made of corn and oil bean is eaten. The grand finale is marked by dancing and masquerade performance.

AUGUST

Ifejioki festival Iwollo Ezeagu

This is a five day festival to thank the gods for the rich harvest, after the event they will start to eat the yam official.

Odo festival, Umuoka Udi

This is a festival where respect is paid to the ancestors, it lasts for nine month. It is a biannual celebration that starts in August of the chosen year odo masquerade feature during the festival.

Igo Okpa festival of Nwgo Udi

This is a two day event and is recognition of the human leg and its work. Odabala, oganachi and akwa igwe dance performs on that day.

Okuonunu festival Okpuje Nsukka

It is a twenty eight day festival to mark the cutting of logs wood for the elders, which they use in warming themselves and their ancestors. Ikorodo dance perform during the event.

Ikpu Uzo festival Mbu Isi Uzo

This is to usher in the consumption of new yams for four days. Dances and masquerades are displayed

Ugwu festival of Onyohor Igbo Etiti

It is all about Initiation of children into the community and it last for one day

Uke Festival Iheaka Igbo Eze

This is a twenty one day festival to mark the consumption of new yam, uke okorodo, eke ojili dances perform on that day

Ihejioku festival Asaba Uzo Uwani

It is about paying homage to hoes and knives, farming implements and other accessories for two days

Iiomuo festival Anaku Uzo Uwani

To mark the consumption of new yam and it lasts for four days

Ndishi festival Ochima Igbo Etiti

It is about paying homage to ancestors of ochima and it is a one day festival

SEPTEMBER

Kpoo festival, Amalla Isi Uzo

Variety of dances perform during this one day festival which marks the eating of new yam

Itonli festival of Iwollo Ezeagu

This is a two day ceremony to acknowledge the authority of the village elders. Tributes are paid to them as goats, cocks and other items are sent to the elder for use in offering sacrifice to the ancestors for guidance and protection. No masquerades are displayed but dances feature.

Fijioku festival of Iwollo Ezeagu

In order to usher in the new yam, a festival day is set aside for this celebration, sacrifices are offered to the yam god but no dances feature

Akwali Udumini festival Eke Udi

This marks the end of the farming season and lasts for seven days. Masquerades dances are performed

Uke festival, Uhnuduere Igbo Etiti

This festival ushers in the consumption of new yam and it last for four days

Ugu festival Nkume Uzo Uwani

To pay respect to the titled and noble men of the town as prospective initiates and title holders celebrate ugu festival which last for three days. Ufie drums are played for titled men.

Ovu Eja of Ikolo Igbo Etiti

It marks the official eating of new yam by Ozo and Onyishi titled men. It is quiet celebration marked by entertainment of visitors and titled men.

Njoku Oha festival Mgbidi Awgu

To honor the yam god njokuji and it last for five days. It holds once every four years; edele drumming, dances and masquerades feature

Egba Chukwu festival, Ibeagwa Igbo Eze

This marks the period of relaxation after the years farm work, people cook the best food they can afford. Maiden dance and ikorodo is displayed.

Ugba festival Achi Oji River

This festival is all about dedication ceremony during which male children born within the year are dedicated to village god Ugba. Rams and cocks are sacrificed as they will be communal working and eating at the shrine; guns are fired at the end of the celebration.

OCTOBER

Ani Ezeagu

Ani Iwollo is a shrine, the festival is to thank the shrine for protecting their lives and property, ani iwollo is celebrated two days it is a ritual cleansing festival. Any person who commits abomination brings four yams and kola nut to the chief priest so that he can perform the cleansing ceremony. Dances are performed

Akani festival Obioma Udi

This is in remembrance of ancestors and to mark the harvest season, it is celebrated for four days. The chief priest Ene Opu putated father of obioma announces the celebration. Obie and igbs inyi dances feature. It may also be held in November

Nkwa festival obioma udi

This festival is celebrated once every two years, and the festival starts on the instruction of the village spirit to solicit god’s protection from bad events. Ikpa dancer’s feature and gun shots rend the air during this one day ceremony.

Ogoma festival Unadu Igbo Eze

Ogoma festival is a three day festival to offer sacrifices to the gods and ancestors and also to mark the planting season. Of the three days celebration, the first night afor is vigil night. The main festival follows on Nkwo day and masquerade display takes place on Eke. Ebule, Okangwo Ekwe, ekpe Ikorodo and aligo masquerades and dances feature.

Inyi Uzo Festival, ikolo Igbo Etiti

This is celebrated to honor the god of water and war dance, with group dances feature

Sehu aho festival Nachi Udi

This is a ten day festival for the ritual cleansing of the town against evil spirits and death. It is also a period of meditation and no cultural troupe display

Ibono festival Iwollo Ezeagu

This marks the end of the years farm work. It is also a time during which parents welcome their daughters and in-laws from farm and it last for sixteen days. The fourth and fifth days of the celebration are devoted to masquerade by men while the rest feature dancing by women.

Ugwu uwee festival of Mgbidi Awgu

It is to honor the god of mgbidi hills, is a one day celebration and no dance feature

Omabe festival of Imilike Isi Uzo

To honor their gods and ancestors for nine months and is observed every four years. Omabe dances and masquerades display this period.

 

Eja Okike Festival Imilike Isi Uzo

Eja okike means sacrifice of creation, here sacrifices are offered to the creator of imilike town during this festival which last for one day.

Onwa ato festival of Agbogugu Awgu

It marks the harvesting of cocoyam and it last for four days. Women dance troupes feature prominently

Ezebunagu festival of Ochima Igbo Etiti

A day festival to pay homage to the spirit world; Dances feature.

Achihi ede festival of Achi Oji River

A female festival during which women receive festival gift from their husbands and daughter, it is also observed in honor of the Achi goddess Achihi. Women solicit for long life for Achi people and for a rich harvest of cocoyam. Women circular dance is performed.

NOVERMBER

Ofufe festival of Iwollo Ezeagu

A festival for the dedication of children to the village guardian spirit, children born at iwollo are taken to the shrine with a cook or hen and two yams. With these, sacrifices are offered thanking the spirit for easy delivery and for protection. Dances are displayed

Ojiyi festival of Aku

This is a harvest thanksgiving accompanied by dancing

Okushinne festival of Nachi Udi

This is a period to mark the harvest season and it last for ten days.

 

 

Egorigo festival of Okpuje Nuskka

Only folk songs accompany this festival to mark the end of the farming season and eating of new yam

Ekeani festival of Eke Udi

Initiation of youth into adulthood which last for five days; this festival starts on Eke day with drumming, in the afternoon, initiation into adulthood starts

Akani festival of Aguobu owa Ezeagu

A time for reunion of the married and their children into their parental home, It last for sixteen days Moonlight play features

DECEMBER

Enugu Cultural and Tourism fiesta

This is cultural festival to showcase the reach cultural heritage of various communities and local government in the state; it also serves as a reunion for all the local government in the state. The fiesta last for one week, it start from the second week of December every year

Egu Alusi festival of Oro/Amagu Umulokpa Ezeagu

This is to appease the village gods and spirits for eight days. Udu dance, atilogwu and ogwulugwu dances display

Nta Festival of Obioma Udi

It is in remembrance of Nwafor, mother of obioma town, four days is set aside for women to celebrate. The famous okpoto dance and masquerade displays during the event

Agu festival of Mbu Isi Uzo

This is a four day festival which marks the end of the year and it is observed by all to the accompaniment of Igede and Okanga music

 

Isijuawu festival of Okpuje Nsukka

In honor of the founding fathers of the town ugwu okpuki held for two days. Yams are donated to the chief priest to offer sacrifice to the god thanking him for fruitful harvest. Nkwu mma and esato masquerades perform

Ibono Okochi festival of Aguobu owa Ezeagu

A thanksgiving service festival to the gods for the successful farming season, it also marks the beginning of the harvest season. Big masquerades like ijele, okpana iga and ordinary dances feature.

Odo Masquerade festival (Nkiri Odo)

It is a prestigious intercessory festival that was usually celebrated within the month of December and January, starting from Ihenyi community where according to history, it was first celebrated. Nkiri Odo was to appease the supreme God, Eze Chukwuoke Ukpabi, through the deity- Odo Mangala

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