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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Odunde - A Celebration of African Culture

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African traditions in all their glory and splendor are celebrated every second Sunday in June at Philadelphia’s Odunde Festival. I always look forward to Odunde. Here I have captured photographs and written a series of Haiku verses to commemorate this observance that embraces the African Diaspora and pays homage to West African rituals. Odunde was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez upon her return from a profound journey to the Motherland.
  
Odunde is a
Spiritual gathering that
celebrates Oshun.
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Odunde is based
on African traditions,
folkways and mores.
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The second Sunday
in June is set aside to
Celebrate Oshun.
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For each Odunde
Festival, Oshun holds back
the clouds and the rain.


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Water is a part
of Odunde rituals
we observe each year.

South Street Bridge overlooks
Schuylkill River, where we
Praise our Ancestors.
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Blessings pour down while
Praises go up to Oshun,
our River Goddess.

We chant prayers to our
Ancestors; We hold hands and
ask Oshun’s blessings.
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Mountains, Rivers, and
oceans do not separate
us from Africa.

We give thanks and praise
for our Ancestors’ gifts and
their sacrifices.


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Dancers and drummers
perform with exuberance,
pure love, joy and pride.
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Dazzling array of
beautiful families are
wonderful to see.
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We come attired
in our traditional garb;
We celebrate life!
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We hug old friends and
make new acquaintances in
the huge marketplace.

Some vendors sell food
Some sell clothes, while others sell
Textiles and sculptures.
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Jewelry and handmade
trinkets of all sorts are on
exquisite display.
Lois Fernandez, Odunde Founder - Pheralyn Dove Photo
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Designers show off
their unique creations and
entice you to buy.

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Asante Sana. Peace, Blessings & Homage to Oshun Always!

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