The Osun state government has laid down restrictions for 2020 Osun Osogbo Festival amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The sacred grove which was to be held in the month of August has been made accessible to only the worshippers — as they comply with the state government’s COVID-19 protocols.
Obawale Adebisi, Osun state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism made a statement on the new development, “The state government is by this medium informing the public that this year’s celebration of Osun-Osogbo festival will be symbolic, as only the worshippers that will perform ritual activities will be allowed into the grove.” He said.
He added: “These worshippers must however, comply with the state government’s COVID-19 protocols.”To this effect, the government has banned all social activities associated with the celebration and prays that subsequent festivals will be better celebrated at the exit of the current pandemic.”
The Osun-Osogbo festival is celebrated every year, with thousands of Osun worshippers, spectators and tourists from all over the world.
The Osun-Osogbo Festival is a two-week-long programme. It starts with the traditional cleansing of the town called ‘Iwopopo’, which is followed in three days by the lighting of the 500-year-old sixteen-point lamp called ‘Ina Olojumerindinlogun’.
The Osun Osogbo festival is believed to have a history of more than 700 years