MOST DECORATED FESTIVALS IN GHANA
Imagine being very hungry and getting just your cravings. Rewarding right? Likewise, reasons why
celebrations are made to remember the journeys by tribes to this present day. These journeys involved
battles, bloodshed, hunger, death, and most important victory. Five of these festivals that are worth the
time of every explorer are
To begin with, is Homowo. This word means, hooting at hunger and is celebrated by the people of
Greater Accra during August of every year. The banning of noise before the festive, the twin festival, a
sprinkling of people the traditional food, and the Charlewote festival food, music, and arts is a sight to
behold. This festive also known as the harvest festival, brings together the entire people as they honor
the victory of their ancestors.
This festival is celebrated in May by the Winneba people in the central region of Ghana. Believed to
have migrated from the western Sudan empire, the people this to thank their gods for a journey that
went well. It is always a sight when the people of Effutu Winneba clad in their best make merry while
the hunters, dress up gallantly like warriors for the expedition of going to hunt for the deer before the
festival can properly take off. People from all walks of life both far and near grace this occasion to make
Once every six weeks on a Sunday, the Ashanti tribe celebrates this festival. Talking drums and singing
can be heard and seen. Known as one of the longest-surviving royalty in Ghana, the Ashantis celebrate
this festival for victory against their sworn rivals the denkyiras by their ancestors and also to celebrate
the Golden stool, which till today is considered the soul of Ashantis. Kente, the royal attire is seen and
portrayed colorfully here among the other festivities. The Manhyia palace, home to Asantehene and a
lot of history of Ashantis are fully lit up during the festival and provides an avenue for you to enjoy as
well as learn for the road.
Ogua Fetu Afahye
Ogua Fetu Afahye is celebrated by the people of Cape Coast in September once every year to thank the
gods for protection after many died due to a disease outbreak. Activities like the firing of musketry,
drumming, dancing and the rest have you are highlights of the festival. A major scene is where a cow is
slaughtered for the 77 gods by the people to show their gratitude. These festivals solidify and foster
uniformity among the people and visitors can as well be part of this joyous occasion.
This festival is also considered Christmas by the Elmina tribe in Central Region. It is celebrated in July
once every year on Tuesday. Offerings are made to the river god for peace to always reign and for
successful harvests during the fishing and farming seasons. One can say it is a festival of boats as colorful
displays of boats on the river amidst dancing and singing are done. Chiefs and townspeople look their
best as it is their Christmas. The town around July is one of the few places one can visit to relax, enjoy
and reduce stress.
These are but a few places you can add as a top priority to indulge in this coming festivities with family
and friends alike.