Spectacular Igu Aro Festival Heralds New Igbo Planting Season, Thrills Thousands Of Spectators In Agukwu-Nri Anambra
The Igu Aro festival arguably the oldest cultural event in Igboland unfolded this weekend with all the accompanying pomp and pageantry for the thousands who flocked to come and witness it.
The Igu Aro festival or calendar chronicling is the tradition flag-off to most events among the Igbo ranging from civil life, economic pursuit, and the farming season in the year.
Witnessing the event were the President-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo (above) and other stakeholders who all gathered at the palace of His Royal Majesty, Ezenri Obidiegwu Onyesoh, the Nri Enwerelani II (below) at Agukwu-Nrito attend the lunar calendar calculation which was performed by select stargazers based on the movement of the earth and regular appearance of the sun and moon, daylight and darkness in the month of February.
Since as far back as one can remember, a month is originally calculated from the number of days it takes a moon to circle the earth.
Speaking on behalf of his late father-monarch, the regent of Agukwu-Nri Kingdom, Prince Ikenna Onyesoh (below), noted that the date of Iguaro is being determined by celestial movements, adding that the knowledge of moon and stars help to determine lunar calendar
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The regent also informed that the wisdom of heavenly bodies was used in calculating lunar months, adding that the lunar calendar was known to Nri Priests of the Aro Deity.
According to him, the Iguaro festival is not about idol worshipping, but a revered custom, and though the colonial culture affected Igbo culture in other aspects it could not modify Iguaro which still stands tall and regal.
“The proclamation of Igbo lunar calendar by Ezenri is a yearly ritual.
“In obedience to this directive, Ezenri will today give out yam seedlings to Ndigbo to plant, feed their families and kindred.”