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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stakeholders witness Igbo New Year calendar to start farming season

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It was a revalidation of the oldest cultural festival in Igboland at the weekend when the President-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, and other stakeholders in Igboland gathered at the palace of His Royal Majesty, Ezenri Obidiegwu Onyesoh, the Nri Enwerelani II at Agukwu-Nri to witness the Iguaro festival (calendar calculation or chronicling) to flag-off civil life and economic pursuit, especially farming season this year.

The lunar calendar calculation is performed by select stargazers based on the movement of the earth and regular appearance of the sun and moon, daylight and darkness every month of February.

Since the ancient days, one month is originally calculated from the number of days it takes a moon to circle the earth.

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Speaking on behalf of his late father-monarch, the regent of Agukwu-Nri Kingdom, Prince Ikenna Onyesoh, noted that the date of Iguaro is being determined by celestial movements, adding that the knowledge of moon and stars help to determine lunar calendar.

The regent said that the wisdom of heavenly bodies was used in calculating lunar months, adding that lunar calendar was known to Nri Priests of Aro Deity.

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According to him, Iguaro festival is not idol worshipping, but a revered culture, lamenting that colonial culture affected Igbo culture but Iguaro was not affected and still stands tall.

The regent said: “The proclamation of Igbo lunar calendar by Ezenri is a yearly ritual.

“In obedience to this directive, Ezenri will today give out yam seedlings to Ndigbo to plant, feed their families and kindred.”

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