Odwira takes place on the Monday after the Homowo festival. It’s a chiefly procession that takes place in Ga Mashie. Chiefs walk or are carried in floats around. Homowo Festival: This is a special food festival celebrated by the GA’s, the people of Greater Accra Region. It is characterised by rituals such as the sprinkling of. Homowo Festival On Saturday I attended the Homowo Festival in Accra James Town which is celebrated in the Ga states by the Ga people of.

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Each Ga chief, with a following of drummers, dancers, singers, and clan members tours his area and sprinkles some of the special dish and pours libations around doorsteps and other places where the spirits of the departed are likely to gather.

The wrongdoings of the head of State of Ghana and his Ministers may also be exposed. During this difficult time they gathered up courage to farm the land, cultivated corn and called upon their ancestors through libation to bless the farms to yield in abundance.

Of all the communities, Teshi is the very last to celebrate being the youngest of the Ga towns which broke away from La and was established in A dance called kpanlogo is performed during the festival. This Ghana -related article is a stub.

I would love to be a vendor for this event. The political organisation of the Ga people is quite diverse with autonomy to the various traditional neighbourhoods. Family issues are discussed across households and disputes are settled.

A special meal made from maize called kpokpoi is served with palm nut soup. Other food festivals on the continent include the Eyo Festival in Lagos, Nigeria.

When the date for the Homowo festival of a traditional area is near, the people of that traditional area are expected to go back to their homes in the particular capital towns. AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information items daily from over African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public.

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Potion flows over the edges and spills on the carrier and audience. It begins on Sunday after the feast and ends on the next week Saturday with Sesebumo.

Homowo Festival in Accra

The sharing of food is followed by a large durbar and the Homowo dance. During sesefaa, the kpa groups from the seven quarters of Teshi are led first to the palace of the Mantse.

Celebrating Homowo Nungua is normally the first community to commence the celebration of Homowo because the Nungua people are supposed to be the first of the Ga people to land in Ghana followed by the people of Gamashi. This goes on restival Sunday to Friday while the sese carrying group continues to engage in Amlakui-Akpa and people desiring special blessing shower the festibal with gifts of money.

Emancipation Day August 2, These festivals are not static traditions, but are celebrations that reflect the ethos of the people which includes cultural, historical, spiritual, emotional and performative elements. See What Everyone is Watching.

Twins are therefore associated with symbols of abundance, good luck and blessings. Folklore Day August 23, Homowo Festival is celebrated to recall the trials and success of the people of the Ga traditional area over a huge famine which befell them during their journey from their ancestral homeland to inhabit their current settlement. During the festival, festical perform a dance called Kpanlogo. Your email address will not be published.

Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. Celebration includes marching down roads and streets beating drums, chanting, face painting, singing and traditional dances.

Your email address will not be published. This ban is believed to give the fsstival rest to ensure a fruitful harvest. Friday night is Homowo Eve where people are warned to stay home as spirits are believed to wander the streets.

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The first ritual called gbemlilaa locking the way is performed in the month of June and bans drumming and music to enable people concentrate on their farms homoao is then followed by another ritual called nshobulemo to calm the sea gods for a bumper harvest. The Kpashimo of Teshi begins on Sunday with sesefaa the carrying of a dish sacred leaves and ends on Saturday with Sesebumo the overturning of the dish and its contents to purify the people, make their wishes come true, and bless them.


The streets were lined with vendors, giant speaker boxes and people dancing, chanting or singing to drum beats and traditional songs.

Many of the younger twins are placed on the shoulders of adults in their family in order to better display them for the public. Culturally, the festival helps to reunite the Ga communities and also solve disputes among members.

When the rains returned to normal, the Ga people celebrated by creating the Homowo festival, homowp its name and meaning.

Ghana’s capital welcomes the world to celebrate the Ga tribe’s harvest festival, Homowo

Homowo which is celebrated every year between the months of August and September to observe that day when hunger was defeated, hooted at, and ridiculed. The Homowo festival is therefore a celebration of victory over the hunger they faced. Festivak is also sprinkled around town mainly by traditional leaders or head of family.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Similar to the reenactment of the ritual processes with rubbish objects, some groups of young guys dress up in female clothing and dance femininely and some elderly people dress in school uniforms.

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At Teshi, Tema and Labadi, for example, the feast is followed by the Kpashimo dance and parade. Register with Us Today!!! This page was last edited on 27 Novemberat Raised in both Ghana and the U. As an alternative to ordinary encyclopedia entries about festivals this booklet tries to give you a subjective and contemporary view on some traditional Ga festival celebrations.

During the celebration a special meal made of unfermented corn powder called kpokpoi and palmnut soup of fish.