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Below: Damba Festival - A festival celebrated yearly

in the Northern region of Ghana, esp. around Tamale

 

 

DAMBA Festival , Commemorating the birth of the

Holy Propheth of Islam -Muhammad-

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What are they doing during a festival..?

Here an example of the yearly

Aboakyer festival celebration

 

Aboakyer Festival in Winneba -

Winneba, ...., .....

Neenyi Asiedu Bondzie 1,

head of the Otuano Royal Stool Family

of Winneba,

has said this year's Aboakyer festival ...

and reaches its climax with a durbar on ...

The festival will end on ...
There will be a marathon ...

general clean-up on ..., regatta between

fishermen groups on ...,

health walk/Medical screening and a

football gala on ...
On .... the Aboakyer Day,

the two Asafo Companies, Dentsifo

No. 2 and Twuafo No. 1 would go to

the bush to capture a deer to the durbar

grounds. The first animal that would be

brought first to the durbar grounds is

stepped on by the Omanhene,

Neenyi Ghartey VII

with his left leg to signify it acceptance

for tradition and customs. *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVAL  NAME   and   LOCATIONREGION

Jan.

Feb.

  • PAARE GBIELE , TUMU

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

  • Damba (Ushers in the new yam crop. Originally linked with Islam, to commemorate the birth and naming of the Prophet Mohammed) -Dagomba, Mamprusi, Gonja, Nanumba and Wala, Northern and Upper Regions

Sep.

  • Kobine (Harvest/Thanksgiving -Dagarti, Upper West Region

Okt.

Nov.

  • Kabube -Nandom Traditional Area, Upper West Region

Dec.

Upper West Region 

 

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

  • Gologo – Sacrifices to the gods for abundant rain and good harvest in the ensuring year -Tong-Zug, Upper East Region
  • GWOLU Festival - celebrated to usher in a new farming season. ( Tongo )

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

  • Damba (Ushers in the new yam crop. Originally linked with Islam, to commemorate the birth and naming of the Prophet Mohammed) -Dagomba, Mamprusi, Gonja, Nanumba and Wala, Northern and Upper Regions

Sep.

Okt.

  • Boaram is the festival for the Talensis in the Bongo Tradition Area who reside at Bongo. It is held between October and November .

Nov.

Dec.

  • Fiok (War festival, re-enacting the ancient heroic exploits of the Builsas) -Sandema, Upper East Region

          ( Sandema Festival )

 

CHANAGING MONTHS

  • ASAMBENE FESTIVAL - Traditional festival in the Bongo Area for all people; start 2008

           on Fridey 18th January (about 1 week) and again in December 2008

Upper East Region

 

 

 

 

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

  • MUSLIM ID EL FITR  , DAGBANI / GONJA

Apr.

May

Jun.

  • MUSLIM ID ELADHA , DAGBANI/GONJA/CHAKOSI

Jul.

  • FESTIVAL FESTIVAL , Traditional Areas of Northern Region

Aug.

  • Damba (Ushers in the new yam crop. Originally linked with Islam, to commemorate the birth and naming of the Prophet Mohammed) -Dagomba, Mamprusi, Gonja, Nanumba and Wala, Northern and Upper Regions

Sep.

Okt.

Nov.

Dec.

Northern Region

 

 

Jan.

  • Ntoa Fokuose – Festival of the god ‘Ntoa” – 10th January -Nkoranza, Brong Ahafo Region

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

  • Bayere Afahye (Yam harvest) – last Monday or 1st Monday in 2nd week -Banda, Brong – Ahafo Region

Sep.

Okt.

Nov.

  • Apoo (Purification of the people to rid them of social evil -Techiman, Brong Ahafo Region
  • Kwafie (Purification ceremony, the high-light of which is a large bonfire) – between November & December -Dormaa Ahenkro, Berekum Nsuatre, Brong-Ahafo Region

Dec.

Brong Ahafo Region

 

 

 

Jan.

  • Adae Kese – State Festival of the Ashanti’s for the purification of ancestral stools  , Celebrated every 40th day. Especially magnificent when it falls on a Sunday.
    -Kumasi, Ashanti Region
     

Feb.

Mar.

  • Odwira -Kyempo, Asante Akim South, Ashanti Region
  •  ATU-HO-AKYE , Durbar of chiefs and people celebrated to honour ancestors / Ejisu
     

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

  • 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. A durbar of chiefs crowns the celebration amidst drumming and dancing.
    Akropong Traditional Area

Okt.

Nov.

Dec.

  • AKWASIDAE , Once every six weeks from the date of the previous event .  Asantehene and the Asante kingdom celebrate this festival, which serves as the platform for pledging allegiance to the kingdom and affirming loyalty to the golden stool. / Kumasi

 

Ashanti Region 

 

 

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

  • Ngmayen – Harvest / Thanksgiving – late March or early April -Krobo Odumase Somanya,
    Eastern Region

Apr.

  • DIPO (Puberty Rites)
    A puberty festival to initiate young girls into womanhood with
    a parade in attire close to nudity. ( DANGME SHAI/KROBO/ )
    Held in Krobo land, 50 miles east of Accra.
    April.
  •  
    Paragliding & Hang Gliding Festival
    starting  (Easter weekend) at Atibie Kwahu.

May

  • Kotoklo Festival – in honour of the shrine “Kotoklo” for the role it played in an ancient war -Somanya & Krobo Odumase, Eastern Region

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

  • Odwira (Harvest/Thanksgiving) -Akropong-Akuapem, Eastern Region
  • Cocoa festival was launched in Accra on Wednesday.

The maiden festival scheduled for September 20 at Mampong Akuapem, where the first cocoa trees were planted, is being organised by FM24 Company, managers of Tetteh Quarshie farms and is expected to be an annual event.

  • Ohum - Mampong-Akuapem, Eastern Region ( + Okt. )

Okt.

  • Akonnedi (Festival of the ‘Akonnedi’ shrine) 9th – 15th October -Larteh, Eastern Region
  • Odwira -Akropong and Amanokrom, Eastern Region

Nov.

Dec.

  • Odwira -Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, Akyem Oda, Eastern Region

Eastern Region

 

 

Jan.

  • Rice Festival – Harvest/Thanksgiving: 3rd Week -Akpafu, Volta Region

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sep.

  • Kente Festival in Traditional Area (Ho)

  • Yam festival of the Asogli Traditional Area (Ho) in the Volta region.it is celebrated in the month of September each year to thank the gods for a bountiful harvest and for providing abundant of rain, during the raining season

Okt.

  • Yam -Kpedze, Volta Region
  • Wli waterfall festival  -  Wli traditional area an annual festival is usually organized in the last Saturday of October. The Wli waterfall festival is a festival of rich culture, which one needs not miss.

Nov.

  • Hogbetsotso ( Festival commemorating migration of the people of Anlo from Notsieto Anlo State )    Symbolizes the migration of Anlos from the tyrannical ruler of
    Notsie in older day Togoland to their present homeland in Ghana.There is a re-enactment of this migration, which involved walking backwards, performed by women, children, the old and the young alike.
    Anlo Traditional Area - Volta Region

Dec.

Volta Region

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

  • End of MARCH  / KPLED JOO Festival in Tema and GREATER ACCRA , Celebrated annually to facilitate the recovery of the Sakumono Lagoon for bumper harvest. Durbar of Chiefs and people.

Apr.

  • Beginning of APRIL /  PAMYAM , SHAI Area

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

  • Homowo (Harvest/Thanksgiving) -Accra, Labadi, Teshie, Nungua Gt. Accra Region
    Ga Traditional Area -Ceremonies for this festival include a procession of chiefs through principal streets with all twins in the area dressed
    purposely for the occasion. All this is done amidst the sprinkling of festive food kpokpoi to the gods and ancestors of the state.
    August/September
  • Asafotu – (Commenmorating victories of warriors in battles, and in honour of those who fell in battles) 1st weekend in August -Ada, Greater Accra Region, 


Sep.

Okt.

  • Ngmayem -Shai Traditional Area, Dodowa, Greater Accra

Nov.

Dec.

 

 

Shai Area Celebrates Ngmayem Festival

 ( The King )

(c) by BigPhoto.com

Jan.

  • Edina Buronya (Local version of Christmas exclusively celebrated by the people of Edina) – 1st Thursday of the New Year - Elmina, Central Region
  • Akwanbo - Gomoa Abora, Central Region
  • MASQUERADERS FESTIVAL , Carnival of masqueraders from around the country celebrated on the 1st of January of every year. ( Winneba )

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

  • Aboakyer (Deer Hunting) – Late April or early May -Winneba ,17 miles west of Accra.– Central Region
    A hunting expedition by two Asafo groups to catch live
    antelope. The first group to present its catch to the Chief at
    a colorful durbar is declared winner and is highly regarded for bravery. 

May

Jun.

Jul.

  • Bakatue – Fish Harvest - Edina/Elmina 
    Central Region  - 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 Bake (lagoon), followed by
    scooping with a net, after which permission is given to fishermen to open the fishing season, after a ban. Festival culminates in a regatta.

 

  • FETU AFAHYE ,  CAPE COAST
  • End of July , PANAFEST / EMANCIPATION , CAPE  COAST / ELMINA / ASSIN MANSO

Aug.

  • Akwambo (Path – clearing) a Festival commemorating the clearing of foot path leading to rivers, farms & communal sites – early August.-Agona Nyakrom,-Central Region
  • Ahobaa (Festival commemorating end of epidemic, and in honour of a man called ‘Ahor’ who sacrificed his life to end the epidemic) – 3rd week-Gomoa Assin,- Central Region
  • Odambea (Commemorates the migration of the people of “Nkusukum” from Techiman to their present settlement at Saltpond -Saltpond- Central Region

Sep.

  • Fetu Afahye (Festival commemorates first contact with the Whites) – 1st week -Ogua Traditional Area, Cape Coast,(Oguaa) -Central Region  
    A colorful procession of chiefs, amid drumming, dancing and
    firing of musketry. There is a uniqueness in the attire.
    Sacrifice of a cow to the seventy-seven (77) gods of Oguaa.
  • Akwanbo -Enyan Abaasa, Ajumako-Enyam Essian, Central Regionakwanbo festival 
    it is celebrated yearly in the month of september that is first week in september 
  • Awubia -Awutu, Bawjiase, Central Region

Okt.

  • Akwambo -Agona Duakwa, Central Region

Nov.

  • Odwira - Denkyira Traditional Area, Dunkwa, Central Region

Dec.

 

 

 

 

Chief and People

of Edina Traditional Area

Celebrate

Odwira Festival , Paramount Chief

(c) by BigPhoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan.

  • Yam - Sefwi Bekwai Traditional Area, Western Region

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

  • Kundum (Festival commemorating end of famine dating beyond 1700)2nd week-Upper Dixcove, Western Region
  • Ahobaa -Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area, Western Region

Sep.

Okt.

Nov.

Dec.

  • Yam -Sefwi-Wiawso Traditional Area, Western Region

Western Region

 

 

 

 

  

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