Our Festivals

Edina Buronya Festival

January Edina Buronya Festivalis a native version of Christmas celebrated on the first Thursday of the New Year by the people of Elmina (Edina). Families get together and invite friends to celebrate with dining and merry-making throughout the town.

PapaNantwe Festival

February
PapaNantwe Festival is celebrated by the people of Kumawu in the Ashanti region.

DIPO (Puberty Rites)

April
DIPO (Puberty Rites)
A puberty festival to initiate young girls into womanhood with a parade in attire close to nudity, with girls adorned in beautiful beads. It is held in Krobo land by the people of Manya and YiloKrobo in the towns of KroboOdumase and Somanya, 50 miles east of Accra.

ABOAKYIR (Deer hunting)

May
ABOAKYIR (Deer hunting)
A hunting expedition by two Asafo groups to catch live antelope in a nearby game reserve inWinneba, 17 miles west of Accra. The first group to present its catch to the Chief at a colourful durbar is declared winner and is highly regarded for bravery.

Ohum Festiva

June
Ohum Festival is celebrated twice a year in June/July and September/October by the chiefs and people of the Akyem Traditional Area. It marks the anniversary of the Akyem Nation, worshipping the ancestral stools and the spirits of those who occupied them. The celebration is also to mark the first yam harvest of the year.

BAKATUE (Fish Harvesting)

July
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 Lake (lagoon), followed by scooping with a net, after which permission is given to fishermen to open the fishing season, after a ban. A solemn 'net casting' ceremony symbolizes the beginning of a new fishing season. Takes place on the first Tuesday of July in Edina/Elmina, 99 miles west of Accra.

Kundum Festival (Yam Festival)

Kundum Festival (Yam Festival) is celebrated in the Western Regions by the chiefs and people of Sekondi coastal tribes, the Ahantas and Nzemas between July and November. It moves west from Takoradi to town after town at weekly intervals. It is celebrated to remember their ancestors and ask for their help and protection. It may be regarded as a harvest festival, as well as a period for remembering the dead, cleansing the community and setting new goals for the coming year.

DAMBA

DAMBA the most prominent festival among Gonjas which is celebratedbetween July and August to mark the birth of the founder of Islam and it is celebrated among many ethnic groups in northern Ghana in different forms. Damba festival is in effect a thanksgiving festival and a time for families to meet, and socialize.

HOMOWO (Harvest/Thanksgiving)

August
HOMOWO (Harvest/Thanksgiving)
Ceremonies for this festival include a procession of chiefs through principal streets with all twins in the area dressed purposely for the occasion, with traditional drumming and dancing. All this is done amidst the sprinkling of festive food 'kpokpoi' to the gods and ancestors of the state. A month long festival celebrated in Accra/Ga Traditional Area.

PANAFEST

PANAFEST (Pan-African Historic Theatre Festival) - a celebration of African cultural values, history and civilization. It is a major biennial event and consists of performances and workshops in theatre, African dance, drama, music, cinema, poetry, colloquia and lectures. A sample of activities include the Grand Durbar of Chiefs in full costume, Rites of Passage programs, Slave March re-enactment, midnight candlelight vigils at Cape Coast Castle Celebrated every 2 years in August, the next being in 2009.

FETU AFAHYE (Harvest commemorating first contact with whites)

September
FETU AFAHYE (Harvest commemorating first contact with whites)
A colourful procession of chiefs, traditional warrior groups and social organisations amid drumming, dancing and firing of musketry and the offering of Mashed Yam to the Gods of the Fetu land for bountiful harvests. Cape Coast (Oguaa), 90 miles west of Accra.
ODWIRA (Harvest/Thanksgiving)
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 with a procession through the town to the palace amidst drumming and dancing. It is celebrated in most Akwapim towns with the most colourful festivities taking place in Akropong Traditional Area, 90 miles north of Accra.

November

November
HOGBETSOTSO
It symbolizes the migration of Anlos from the tyrannical ruler of Notsie in older day Togoland to their present homeland in Ghana. There are many ceremonies associated with the festival including a peace-making period, a purification ceremony and a re-enactment of the migration, which involves walking backwards, performed by women, children, the old and the young alike. Anlo Traditional Area, 88 miles east of Accra.

Kwafie Festival is celebrated by the chiefs and people of Dormaa, a traditional area of the BrongAhafo Region. It is a purification ceremony, the highlights of which are large bonfires in the courtyard of AbanpredeAse (the chief’s palace). It is believed that the Dormaas brought fire to Ghana and the legend is symbolically represented in a bonfire.

ADAE and Akwasidae (festival of Purifying of the Ashantis’ ancestral stools)
it is celebrated every 40th day (once every 6 weeks). Especially magnificent when it falls on a Sunday (Akwasidae) when the King, riding in a palanquin and adorned with all his gold ornaments comes out to receive the homage of his sub-chiefs and people. The biggest festival of the year is the 9th festival, known as the Adaekese. During the festivals the Kings of Asante worship their ancestral stools and skeletons of the past Kings preserved at the Bantama mausoleum in Kumasi, 168 miles north of Accra.