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Odundè, which in the language of the Yoruba people of Nigeria means “Happy New Year,” is a celebration of the African New Year. The gathering in a celebratory circle is a tradition among many of the cultural groups in West Africa, including the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Occurring almost exclusively outdoors in the center of village life, this collective expression of joy serves to reinforce the values and traditions of the community and to strengthen bonds between community members. Song, dance, and other forms of entertainment are important elements of the event, as is the participatory nature of community-wide celebrations.


Held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the annual Odundè Festival is reportedly one of the largest and longest-running African American street festivals in North ...

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