odunde street fest

by Kenny H September. 17, 2013 4798 views

The Odunde Festival takes place annually on the streets of south Philadelphia over the second weekend in June. Odunde means “Happy New Year” in the language of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. A celebration of the African new year, the Odunde Festival centers on a vibrant procession to the Schuylkill River, where participants make offerings of flowers and fruit to the River Goddess Oshun. Oshun is one of 401 orishas, similar to Christian saints, revered in the Yoruba religion, Ifa. Drumming, singing, incantations, and prayers accompany the procession and offerings. All are welcome to take part in the parade and ceremonies.
The festival also features a wealth of entertainment, fashion shows to African dance. African-centered food, crafts, clothing, and jewelry are on offer. The festival also has incorporated such events as a reception for ambassadors and an African business symposium. Founded in 1975 with a $100 grant, the popular, free festival welcomes as many as 500,000 participants over its three days.

Located this on one of my memory cards and realized I forgot to post it. Although it happened in June, I thought I'd still share it with you.

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Antonio Gil 7 years, 7 months ago

Being in Africa recently, I enjoy these pictures even better.

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Sreekumar Marar 7 years, 8 months ago

Half a million participants - seems to be a grand affair, Ken and colorful too...!

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Brenda Nelson 7 years, 8 months ago

Your wonderful images made me almost "hear" the drumming and exciting ado in the streets! Colorful and vivid shots, PR, especially #3! (And I always appreciate information that explains the images that I'm enjoying. Thanks!)

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Asiamack 7 years, 8 months ago

Interesting shots and writeups. Something new to me about Ifa.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
G B 7 years, 8 months ago

beautiful colours and craftsmanship!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 8 months ago

What great captures, Ken. The colors and the activity are really wow....

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 8 months ago

So colorful - and I love the tattoo

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful pictures and event, I'm happy you shared them.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 7 years, 8 months ago

Great report !!

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