December 4th is the traditional feast day for the Orisha Chango in the La Regla Lucumi, also known as Santeria tradition. Chango is sometimes associated with Santa Barbara whose feast day is also celebrated on December 4th. Chango is the Lord of fire, drumming, thunder and passion. His movements are swift and his song is strong.
Lazaro Ros is one of the most famous Santeria musicians of all time. His moving praise songs for Chango can be heard here:
Canto for Chango by Lazaro Ros
In this Cuban Bata Drum Ceremony you can witness the ritual movements of Chango as he swings his double sided axe.http://youtu.be/68zJfDc_pGc
In Argentina the Ile Obatala Drum Ceremony for Chango features the traditional call and response and rhythm for this Orisha. Unfortunately, the sound is a bit distorted.
In Nigeria the Yoruba celebrate this King with a Shango Festival. Visitors travel from all over the world to honor this divine King.
Traditional offerings and more about this legendary king can be found in my post Chango’s Feast Day. Many Blessings to you! Be sure to connect with us on twitter, pinterest and other social media sites for more great information about Vodou, Voodoo, Santeria (Lucumi,) and other Afro-Caribbean traditions !