By Lucky Barth, Abuja, Nigeria.
The people of Fugar, in Etsako Central of Edo State, troop out enmass to celebrate this year’s Esi festival, which is a thanksgiving ceremony to appreciate the Almghty God for a good harvest, not only from the farms, but in all their endeavours.
In a congratulatory message to all Fugarians worldwide, the National President of Fugar Progressive Union, FPU, a Socio-Cultural association, Barrister Richard Anetekhai, said,
“besides the celebrations with family, friends and neighbours, Esi Festival also offers us an opportunity to reach out and share our blessings with the elderly, incapacitated or disadvantaged persons amongst us, who are not able to farm or earn a living.”
He urged Fugarians as they celebrate the festival, to exercise caution, despite the decreasing numbers of new cases of COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world.
“May the blessings of the day bring bountiful harvests and prosperity, into the life and home of Fugarians.” He prayed.
However, the traditional Esi festival is as old as the Avhianwu clan, dating back to her settlement in “Upagbabo” tree. It’s the New Yam festival heralding the harvest of new yams and giving God praise for life preservation and protection.
Barrister Anetekhai, who wished every fugarian a happy Esi Festival, also advised them to enjoy their local foods like “Ekeke, Udemhi and other delicacies, to spice up the day.
The high point of the festival is exchange of foods and cultural dances round the town.