Africans uphold their traditions very highly and Ghana is no different. Traditions are rooted in the customs and beliefs passed on from generation to generation. However, every custom is dependent on the cultural orientation of a region or community.
Despite this, some common traditions in Ghana are popular among all tribes. This post will discuss some of these traditions in the country.
- Priority on which hand to use
It is highly abominable to point to your home town with your left hand. It is even offensive to use the left hand to give direction. It is an insult to point your thumb at somebody.
The right hand is mainly for eating and exchanging pleasantries. The left hand is for keeping personal hygiene. That is why it is considered disrespectful and offensive when used in official and unofficial situations. In some communities, you might be brought before the elders and later fined either in cash or drinks. That is the extent of how priority is placed on which hand to use and when
- Funeral ceremonies
A funeral is at the apex of ceremonies in Ghana. It is more important than marriage, birthday and naming ceremonies. In other cultures when someone died they’re buried the same day or a few days afterwards.
But in Ghana, the corpse is kept in the mortuary for weeks whilst the family plan financially. The purpose of this is to help the person transit well into the spirit world. This is always huge with customary rites being performed and at times a particular cloth is dedicated to that day.
- No Funeral Ceremonies Days before a Festival
This transcends throughout the country. Whether it is Homowo, Hogbetsotso or Yam festival traditions prohibit organising a funeral a few days before the funeral. Most often the traditional leaders will inform the community.
- The Unique System of Naming Children
Ghanaians name their kids based on the day of the week they’re born. Every tribe has its naming pattern and spelling but they all signify the day you were born. A Monday born is Kojo, Friday born is Kofi. They all have a unique meanings.
- Politeness and Kindness
Finally, Ghanaians are generally calm, polite and very hospitable. They treat people from another country with a lot of respect. This gesture has attracted a lot of investors and visitors to the country over the years.
This is an overview of some traditions in Ghana. Though they are very kind and hospitable, they will never compromise their tradition for anything. That’s why it is difficult for certain foreign policies to be implemented in the country. Also, the constitution emanates from these customs and traditions.