Yoruba New Year is June 3.
Yoruba are a renowned West African people mostly in Nigeria. Modern Yorubaland covers parts of Nigeria, Benin, Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast.
The Yoruba culture is one of the great African civilizations. The majestic beauty of Benin Bronzes (head sculptures) precedes the famed art of the Renaissance by several hundred years. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a great collection of Benin Bronzes.
Yoruba traditions survived the terrible journey across the Atlantic and family separation in the Americas. These traditions have become the dominant African-American cultures in Cuba, Brazil and across Latin America.
Some of these traditions remain with us in popular culture, especially in music and dancing. That salsa rhythm or dance move you love may have originated in Yoruba rituals of antiquity.
Most people have no idea what they are singing and dancing to, but the sacred rhythms and movements have been done the same way since the beginning of human time.
Yoruba New Year 2020
It’s 10,062 on the Yoruba calendar.
E ku odun, eku iyedun
Happy New Year (in Yoruba).