The second edition of Bateren Christmas carnival in Warri, Delta state, southern Nigeria, has begun on Tuesday and will end on Wednesday, Christmas day.
The event kicked off with a football competition at the Moses Fregene pitch.
Bateren, in Warri South West Local Government in Delta State, is known as the home town of Itsekiri kings, and is near the Orere sea shore and Oboro near the coast of Escravos.
A statement by the organisers of the event, said this year’s festival, tagged “Warri Biggest Creek Party” will include performance of carnival bands, masquerades, artistic regattas and contemporary music concert.
According to the statement, the carnival will also feature boat regatta, symposium and traditional dances.
”The carnival and festival is a special and popular cultural event that displays rich African culture and heritage by means of music, dressing, drama and other creativities of talented persons.”
The event, which is presumed to be the largest in the whole of Bini River also displays a costume outing that reflects the cultural heritage of the people, and has improved the cultural lives of the Itsekiri and Warri people.
”The BC’19 carnival is unique because it will promote the unity and pride of princes, princesses and Wafarians in general through the display and interpretation of our original culture,” said the statement.
The festival attracts hundreds of spectators from across the world. It has dedicated a day to representatives of Oil Companies in the community and locals to meet and interact to foster peace and harmony.
There would also be medical checkups for the aged and widows. Some major highlights of the event will include; a display by the Omateye masquerade, artistry exhibition, a showcase of the unique palm/cocoa nuts/oil produces and cooking competition at the Omateye Square.