DIPO (Puberty Rites)
A puberty festival to initiate young girls into womanhood with
a parade in attire close to nudity.
Held in Krobo land, 50 miles east of Accra.
ABOAKYIR (Deer hunting)
A hunting expedition by two Asafo groups to catch live
antelope. The first group to present its catch to the Chief at
a colorful durbar is declared winner and is highly regarded for
bravery. Winneba, 17 miles west of Accra.
BAKATUE (Fish Harvesting)
A royal procession of chiefs and stool holders riding in
palanquins through principal streets to a sacred shrine where
chiefs pour libation and sprinkle sacred food. Pouring of
mashed yam and eggs into the Bake (lagoon), followed by
scooping with a net, after which permission is given to
fishermen to open the fishing season, after a ban. Festival
culminates in a regatta. Edina/Elmina, 99 miles west of Accra.
FETU AFAHYE (Harvest commemorating first contact with whites)
A colorful procession of chiefs, amid drumming, dancing and
firing of musketry. There is a uniqueness in the attire.
Sacrifice of a cow to the seventy-seven (77) gods of Oguaa.
Cape Coast (Oguaa), 90 miles west of Accra.
Ceremonies for this festival include a procession of chiefs
through principal streets with all twins in the area dressed
purposely for the occasion. All this is done amidst the
sprinkling of festive food kpokpoi to the gods and ancestors of
Accra/Ga Traditional Area.
This festival dramatizes the tradition myths and legends of the
people, and commemorates a period of remembrance and
thanksgiving to the gods for their mercies in the past year,
and renewal of family and societies. A durbar of chiefs crowns
the celebration amidst drumming and dancing.
Akropong Traditional Area, 90 miles north of Accra.
Originally linked with the birth of Mohammed, the Prophet of
Allah. This festival has assumed a traditional character A two-
day festival full of pageantry, showmanship and horse riding.
Tamale/Yendi, 425 miles north of Accra.
Symbolizes the migration of Anlos from the tyrannical ruler of
Notsie in older day Togoland to their present homeland in
Ghana. There is a re-enactment of this migration, which
involved walking backwards, performed by women, children, the
old and the young alike.
Anlo Traditional Area, 88 miles east of Accra.
FIOK (War festival)
A war festival to re-enact ancient historic exploits of the
Busa people. There is a durbar, as well as drumming, dancing,
and thanksgiving to the gods.
ADAE (festival of Purifying of the Ashantis’ ancestral stools)
Festival of the Asante. Celebrated every 40th day. Especially
magnificent when it falls on a Sunday.
Kumasi, 168 miles (272 kilometers) north of Accra.
Papa Festival. Celebrated by the people of Kumawu in the Ashanti region. This festival is Celebrated in March by the People of Kumamu in the Sekyere East District.
The Festival Begins with sacrificial rituals on the eve of the actual day. The day starts with a mini durbar of chiefs presided over by the Paramount Chief of Kumawu.
Dzawuwu Festival. A annual traditional thanksgiving festival celebrated by the Agave people of Dabala in the Volta region. This festival takes place in February
The people of Dormaa Ahenkro, Berekum and Nsuatre, in the Brong Ahafo Region celebrate the “Kwafie Festival” between November and December. This events is celebrated in remembrance of the ancestors and it is also meant as purification. Among the many activities, the most interesting is the burning of a large bonfire in the courtyard.
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