African Traditional Religion (ATR) worshippers have appealed to the Federal government to declare August 20 as a national holiday for them.

The worshippers who noted government’s recognition of festive days for Christians and Muslims stated that their annual festival known as “Ise se Day’ should be given the same treatment like other religion.

According to a statement issued by the group’s chairman and Ogun monarch, Oba Ifarotimi Balogun, the annual event was a day the worshippers celebrated all traditional gods (deities) in the country.

“It is high time the country recognised the importance of Olorisa/Ifa Priest. Muslim/Christian leaders consult us for the progress of the country and they have public holidays in their respective festivals.”

 

Tomorrow August 20th 2016 is Isese Day in Nigeria, while today is the grand finale of the 2016 Osun Osogbo festival. Traditional rites such as these photos show will be performed. These beautiful pictures are from a previous year.

UPDATE:

Osun State government  in response declared Monday, August 22, a public holiday to mark the annual Isese Day (Traditional Worshipers’ Day).

This information is contained in a statement signed by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Governor’s Office, Osogbo, on Friday.

The Isese Day is the celebration of the peak of festivities among adherents of traditional religion, also known as “Odun Nla,” allows adherents of traditional religions to join their fellow worshipers in the annual celebration of the day.

According to the statement read: “The Osun Government wishes to announce that Monday, Aug. 22 is hereby declared a public holiday.

“The holiday is in recognition of the annual Isese Day, which allows the adherents of traditional religion to come together for the annual celebration.”

The government enjoined all the traditional worshippers to celebrate the day in peace and avoid any act, capable of breaching the law and order in the state.- Tribune Newspaper

 

Photo credit : Khalid Ayanshina

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