The remains of the Yoruba descendant in Brazil continue to remember their origin after long years away from home. The descendants in Brazil honor their culture as they gather to celebrate Obaluwaye festival over the previous weekend. According to them, the festival is observed to promote the Yoruba heritage and also celebrates the Yoruba people and Yoruba land of West Africa and South America.
The Obaluwaye (known as Shakapana) festival is an annual event organized for Ifa/Orisha devotees at their shrine headquarters, in Brazil.
Though the Akans (especially the Fantes) tribe has the largest grouping of people that brand Trinidad in addition to Tobago population, Yoruba culture is nonetheless the most pop on the Island.
According to the caput priest at the Ojubo Orisa Omolu, Baba Adeloni, “the festival started in 1996.” All the devotees of Yoruba deity Babaluye inwards Ifa/Orisha worship run across at the shrines earlier proceeding into the wood at Ragoonanan Road, Longdenville to perform their rituals.
He further said that every twelve months the festival contributes to the spiritual elevation of Ifa/Orisa devotees in addition to the community on a whole.
It was noted that the Festival is equally a stream of prayer in addition to fasting for members to ease private burdens off those issues affecting their country. Devotees also send their supplication to their patron Obaluwaye for the healing of all ills that have been plaguing the country. As part of their customs, all are invited to brand offerings to Obaluwaye.
According to their belief, Obaluaye is a fantastic orisa that gives riches, Wisdom, wealth, children, volition ability in addition to other practiced things to people.
The children of Obaluaye household of the clan are given names similar Olayemi, Obigbemi, Obidiran. They also last referred to as- Olubunmi, Olu Kayode, Olaolu, Oluyemii, Olusegun, Olufunke, Adeolu. Interestingly, Obaluaye calendar week is the same equally that of Ogun.
They believe that the religious organization of Orisha worship, Babalú-Ayé is the praise cite of the spirit of the world in addition to strongly associated with infectious disease, as well as healing. He is an Orisha, representing the deity Olorun on Earth.
On Dec 17, 2018, Babalú-Ayé is publicly honored with a pilgrimage of which tens of thousands of devotees gather at the Church in addition to Leprosarium of Saint Lazarus inwards El Rincón, in the outskirts of Santiago de Las Vegas, Havana Province.