The festival which preceded the Iwude Ogun was said to be one of the important festivals in Ilesa, Osun State.
During the age-long festival, according to a source close to the monarch, Oba Aromolaran would visit all traditional chiefs in Ilesa with prayer on peaceful co-existence among the people of the ancient town.
The source revealed that the difference between Iwude Ogun and Uyi Arere festivals was that Iwude Ogun has to do with Ogun festival, while Uyi Arere has to do with prayer that would bring peace to the entire Ijesaland.
The source further stated that during the Uyi Arere festival, it was only the paramount traditional ruler and chiefs that would visit some notable shrines to offer prayers to their ancestors, for peace to reign at the ancient city.
Efforts to chat with Oba Aromolaran on the festival was aborted, as the palace receptionist said that the monarch could not be reached until after the festival.
However, the Uyi Arere festival has been a yearly programme for several decades.
By BISI ADESOYE