The annual Orisha Olokun Festival will be held at Dhein’s Bay, Carenage on Sunday 24th October, 2010. Activities on the waterfront will begin at 10am. The Olokun Festival is the Orisha Festival of the Ocean in which man’s indispensable link and connectivity to the force of the Ocean is celebrated. Olokun is the deity of the deep ocean, marshes and wetlands, and is protector of the African diaspora. The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Rejuvenating the old and building new African Institutions’. African people’s worldwide must now consolidate traditional knowledge and the strategies and wisdoms they have gained with their encounter with the West and others and create and refine Institutions to defend, nurture, and advance African people worldwide. Olokun is the keeper of secrets so we are petitioning this DIVINE and SACRED ENERGY for the solutions to the problems of creating institutions for our People. As island people Olokun is especially important to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. As usual the Festival will be hosted by Egbe Onisin Eledumare.
Earth is the blue planet. It is our Ocean and its water system that sustains and has made possible all life on Planet Earth. The planet’s oceans and seas absorb and neutralize the agents of pollution, provide food, raw materials, medicine, recreation, transport and communications for billions of the planet’s inhabitants. Mankind pollutes the Ocean at his peril.
Many Old World societies recognize the critical sacred significance of the seas and oceans- and special propitiatory rites are performed each year to encourage the co-operation of the living force called sea or ocean. Today- in the Western world- many are sceptical that the sea/ocean is home to sacred intelligences that communicate and co-operate with us in sustaining balance and equilibrium. The Orisha community continues to believe that communion with the Ocean is necessary for our survival. The Olokun Festival is one of the major Festivals on the local Orisha calendar for this reason.
The Atlantic Ocean is also the ancestral graveyard of tens of thousands of deceased Africans who lost their lives in the brutal crossing of the Middle Passage on the terrifying voyage from Africa to be forced into slavery in the New World. Olokun is the guardian of these departed spirits and is also guardian of all African descendents in the New World.
Each year, in Trinidad and Tobago, the Olokun Festival is celebrated at a different beach, river mouth or mangrove at a specially divinated site. This year it returns to Dhein’s Bay in Carenage. Olokun’s colour is white, but devotees and visitors can wear colours representing their Shrines or Orisa. Items of Offering include: fruits, peas, corn; yam; and coins. For bookings and further information you can call: Oludari Sangode 727-3712; Oloye Orawale Oranfe 380-9382; or Rubadiri 797-0949. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or