Benin Kingdom is one endowed with so many rich cultural heritage and traditions. The kingdom which just recently ended one of the most prevalent cultural practices known as the Ugie Ivie festival which holds a least once every year but follows a sequential series of days.
The sitting Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, was pictured conducting a spiritual activity in a ritualike form which would mark the beginning of the end of Ugie Ivie festival.
Interestingly, Ewuare 11, as he is popularly called celebrated his second Ugie Ivie festival which started on the 14th of May and to end on the 11th of June since he became the Oba of Benin.
For many who do not understand what the festival entails, Ugie ivie festival as it is popularly known is an annual religious and cultural event celebrated by the Benin speaking people of Edo State, Nigeria.
As a communal and spiritual activity, the Oba who is bound along side the people of Benin kingdom is to mark the Ugie festivals with Musical and dance performances.
During the festival, there are certain things which the people of Benin are prohibited from indulging while the festival is on-going. See more photos below;
Before the commencement of the Ugie Ivie festival, an invitation streamlined with rules and regulation are posted in media to all persons living in the Benin kingdom.
One of the pronounced rules of the festival, is the prohibition of beads wearing in Benin Kingdom until the ceremony which is to run through a couple of days is over.
Such invitations reads as; “This is to inform Chiefs, Enigie, lgie-Ohen, Edionwere, market women, youths and the general public that His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin will celebrate “Ugie Ivie” in the Oba Palace beginning from Tuesday, 14. May, 2019 to Tuesday, 11. June, 2019. During the period of “Ugie-Ivie”, the wearing of beads is prohibited in Benin Kingdom, until after the ceremony. This announcement therefore serves as notice to all concerned to ensure compliance, please.”
According to the blogger, mandynews, As a communal and spiritual activity, the Oba and people of Benin kingdom mark the Ugie festivals with Musical and dance performances. The Oba of Benin Royal Ugie festival ceremonies are colourful theatrical performances.
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