Ghana is a country steeped in traditions and culture. This is carried on from generations to generations in folklore, songs, dance, dressingand celebrations. These celebrations depicts events and happenings many decades ago that tell the story of the people. These celebrations are what we call festivals.
The country is made up so many ethnic groups and each has a story to tell and that is why the country has over 200 festivals celebrated either annually or biannually. I will talkabout two major festivals that are celebrated in Ghana and travellers come from all over the world to withness it
Homowo is a festival celebrated by the Ga ethnic group in Ghana.The name Homowo means hooting at hunger. It is believed that when the Ga people first arrived in Ghana they faced great famine andthey overcame it when they planted maize crops and made little noise. Every May, this story is retold by the celebration of the festival. Maize is planted at the beginning of May and there is ban on noise makingand drumming as it is believed to hinder maturity of crops. At the end of the growing season of the maize, it is harvested and used to prepare a dish called kpoikpoi which is eating with palm nut soup.
The food is sprinkled for the dead ancestors and the Godsthroughout the towns by traditional leaders and family heads amidst drummingand chanting. The celebration is believed to drive away hunger and famine.
This festival is celebrated by the Efutu people in the central region of Ghana. The word Aboakyere means 'game hunting'. This is to commemorate their migration from Timbukutu in Sudan. It was believed that the god asked for the sacrifice of a bushbuck. They were led by two brothers and consequently desendants of this two brothers go into the forest in May to capture a life bushbuck to be sacrificed at the shrine to appease the gods. It is believed
After the live dear is captured it is followed by a big durbar with dancing, eating and merry making.
Ghana is a beautiful country with a beautiful culture.