EDO CUSTOMARY DAYS OF THE WEEK
At about 900AD-920AD during the reign of Ogiso Owodo. The Edo people have been using the four cardinal point of the earth; North, East, South and West. That is why, to the Edo People’s custom, there are four days in the week representing the four (4) cardinal point of the earth as follows:
- Ekẹn (The East)
- Orie (the West)
- Ahọ (The South)
- Okuọ (the North)
This is why the four (4) day of the Edo Customary Week are:
- Ekẹn or Ẹdekẹn (Resting Day)
- Orie or Ẹdẹkiọba (Oba Market Day)
- Ahọ or Ekẹn Naka
- Okuọ or Ẹdẹ Ẹkiagbado (Agbado Market Day)
Ekẹn is a day of rest (like Biblical Sabbath Day). People do not go to farm on that day, but may do any work at home. Councils meeting usually held on this day. Till today, many families in Edo land do not do any important events like marriage, and burial on Ekẹn day.
Okuọ is the day on which the Oba performs most of his ceremonies (Ugie) and offering of sacrifices.
Ọba Market and Agbado Market were the only popular market in Benin City as at that time.