Thursday, 4 February 2016

5 fabulous Ghanaian Festivals to watch out for in 2016

  1. Homowo - Accra
The Homowo festival is celebrated by the Ga’s between August and September each year..These unique set of Ghanaians have a history of frequent migration around Africa.However they are thought to have originated from from some parts of Nigeria.The Ga’s are located on the southern coast near the Atlantic Ocean.The main festival of the Ga’s is the Homowo festival. Some people believe  that the festival was adopted from the Jewish assover.However the generally accepted origin of this festival is a celebration of plentiful harvest after a very severe famine many centuries ago.The word “HOMOWO” itself is a Ga word which explicitly means “Shame to hunger”.The Homowo festival is therefore a massive celebration of the victory over the hunger they faced. A special meal made of unfermented corn powder called “Kpokpoi” and palmnut soup of fish is the traditional meal for the festival.During the festival,the Ga’s hoot at hunger as they eat the kpokpoi with the palm nut soup prepared from fish. Libation is poured and a symbolic meal offering is made to the gods for helping them come out of a severe period of famine and hunger. Homowo is celebrated every year between the August and September to commemorate that day when hunger was hooted at and ridiculed. The main objective of this festival therefore is to celebrate the success story of the Ga’s in fighting famine.
  1. Fetu-Afahye - Cape Coast
Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region of Ghana.This coastal city used to be the capital of the Gold Coast before independence.The annual festival of the people here is the Fetu Afahye festival which is usually celebrated on the first Saturday of September each year.It is believed that, many years ago, there was a plague in Cape Coast. This was very pertinent and as such demanded that the people call on their gods for an intervention. It is believed that,with the help of the gods,the inhabitants of Cape Coast and its environs were able to eradicate this plague, hence, the name “Fetu” originally known as “Efin Tu”- which means doing away with dirt.The festival is also used to celebrate a bumper harvest from the sea. Rituals are performed to thank the seventy seven (77) gods of the Oguaa Traditional Area for their protection and blessing throughout the year. As per most Ghanaian festivals, the Fetu Afahye is very colourful with drumming and dancing amidst singing of local songs and chants. The sights and sounds from a typical Afahye is mind blowing and memorable. You simply cannot miss this. Read More.....

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