Osogbo, Osun state
Osun devotees and other traditional worshippers on Friday defied covid 19 safety protocols as they celebrate the 2020 international Osun Osogbo festival
Prior to this year Osun Osogbo festival, the State government had issued a statement allowing only Osun devotees and worshippers to perform the annual international festival and warned that they should adhered to all precautions associated with covid 19 pandemic.
Despite spike in the numbers of coronavirus pandemic in osun State, all glitz and glamour that usually accompany the festival were still the order of the day just as physical and social distancing were not observed by most attendees.
Security operatives were on ground to maintain law and orders as well as to guide against any form of criminality.
They also ensure free flow of traffic to ease vehicular and human movement in and around the grove.
Some devotees who spoke with flashonnews, said osun Osogbo festival plays important role in the lives of indigenes and devotees and that is why they cannot afford not to perform all the necessary rites needed at this time.
Traders at the festival lamented low patronage saying the annual festival was not economic vibrant this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Highlights of the event was cultural display, Royal blessing by the ataoja of osogbo, and conveying of sacrifice to the Oshun shrine by the votary maid among others.