2021 Ceremonial Cycle

Onitsha ceremonial life involves a series of festivals, with each festival forming part of a continuum that helps to symbolically relate each aspect of social life to the wider reality. Six main festivals are celebrated in one Onitsha year. The basic sacred divisions of the year are set by the phases of the moon. The Obi proclaims each of the 28-day lunar months ONWA and defines the ceremonial sequences in terms of the seven four-day weeks OGE ISA that comprise each month.

S/N EVENT WEEK DAY MKT DAY MONTH DATE
1 Ifejioku THURSDAY OYE JANUARY 07
2 Ika Ajachi WEDNESDAY OYE JUNE 16
3 Ilo Ajachi THURSDAY OYE JUNE 24
4 Ika Umatu TUESDAY OYE AUGUST 03
5 Umatu Eze Onicha WEDNESDAY OYE AUGUST 11
6 Umatu Eze Idi SUNDAY OYE AUGUST 15
7 Umatu Ikpala Isi THURSDAY OYE AUGUST 19
8 Umatu Ososo Ikpala Isi MONDAY OYE AUGUST 23
9 Umatu Onicha FRIDAY OYE AUGUST 27
10 Ido Anyu TUESDAY OYE AUGUST 31
11 Iwaji Ikolo Awada FRIDAY OYE SEPTEMBER 24
12 Iwaji Ikpala Awada SATURDAY AFOR SEPTEMBER 25
13 Iwaji Ikolo Eke SUNDAY NKWO SEPTEMBER 26
14 Iwaji Ikpala Eke MONDAY EKE SEPTEMBER 27
15 Iwaji Ikolo Ubene/ Ubulu N’Ikem TUESDAY OYE SEPTEMBER 28
16 Iwaji Ikpala Ubene/Ubulu N’Ikem WEDNESDAY AFOR SEPTEMBER 29
17 Igo Urai THURSDAY NKWO SEPTEMBER 30
18 Mgbapu Afa Obodo FRIDAY EKE OCTOBER 01
19 Inye Ukwu Na Nlo Eze Onicha FRIDAY EKE OCTOBER 01
20 Iwaji Ikolo Ugwunaobamkpa/ Ekwensu SATURDAY OYE OCTOBER 02
21 Iwaji Ikpala Ugwunaobamkpa/ Ekwensu SUNDAY AFOR OCTOBER 03
22 Ogbalido FRIDAY NKWO OCTOBER 04
23 Inyepu Ukwu Na Nlo Eze Onicha TUESDAY EKE OCTOBER 05
24 Ofala WEDNESDAY OYE OCTOBER 06
25 Azu Ofala THURSDAY AFOR OCTOBER 07
26 Iwaji  Ikolo Ikpala Eze MONDAY AFOR OCTOBER 11
27 Iwaji Ikpala Eze TUESDAY NKWO OCTOBER 12
28 Ito Ukpukpa SATURDAY NKWO OCTOBER 16
29 Ikelebeji/ Ikolo Bioji THURSDAY EKE OCTOBER 21
30 Osisite Ugwunaobamkpa MONDAY EKE OCTOBER 25
31 Osisite Ezechima TUESDAY OYE OCTOBER 26
32 Oruru Ani TUESDAY OYE NOVEMBER 23
33 Oso Ekwulo WEDNESDAY OYE DECEMBER 01
34 Iga Onicha THURSDAY OYE DECEMBER 09

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