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Top Nigerian Festivals/Carnivals You Should Not Miss Every December

December is usually the thrilling time of the year, as it signals the end and mark the beginning of another year. The month is usually filled with festivals and carnival in most cities across the country. It is always a time for families in various communities to come together in celebrations and promote the heritage that binds them together. They are list of carnivals and festival which usually take place in December. 

Top Nigerian Festivals And Carnivals

1.      Ogwashi-Uku Carnival

This is one of Nigeria’s oldest and most colourful carnivals that attracts thousands of people in Delta state. It is a three-day fiesta that begins December 24 with a road show, homage to the Ogbe (clans) and ends December 26. 

The carnival also features a carnival float procession, cultural dances, musical concerts, fashion shows, dinner parties, quizzes, competitions, talent hunt and displays targeted at the progress and development of the community.

2.       Igue/Ewere Festival

The Igue or Ewere festival is an annual cultural event in Benin, Edo State. It takes place during the first half of the month of December in Benin City with so many acrobatic displays, costumed dancing and a procession to the Oba of Benin palace. It is an interesting festival which displays the intriguing Benin culture and its people.

3.      Benue Youth Cultural Festival

The Benue Youth Cultural Carnival takes place annually between December 1st-31st. It takes place at a carnival village at IBB Square in Makurdi, and features a beauty pageant contest, a carnival music jam, carnival procession, and lots of feasting and dinner among other social-cultural celebrations and performances.

4.      Igbo Uturu Cultural Carnival



The Igbo Uturu Cultural Carnival takes place between December and January of every year. It is observed in Abia State among the Igbo people. It is also a celebration of cultural and society, and it features a lot of dances, performances, re-enactments, processions, and festivities among others.

5.      Carniriv

This is one of the biggest festivals in Nigeria that is annually held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital. It is a free 7-day funfair with an abundance of seafood to savour on during the carnival. It always has the participation of over 2 million people. The carnival, that is a blend of culture, tradition, fashion and lifestyle fused together showcases the rich heritage of Africa.

6.      The Ofala Festival

Ofala Festival is also known as Ofala Nnewi, and is celebrated for 2 days in December and January by indigenes of Onitsha, Anambra State. Ofala stands for “ofo” meaning “authority,” and “ala” meaning “land.” The festival holds to honour the land for her increase, and to honour the Obi or king for his rulership. It is described as the most prominent cultural festival in Igbo land that celebrates the rich culture of the indigenes. This is a festival one should not miss this December with an array of masquerades and wonderful parades. It is a great way to spend the end of the year.

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