- Ashanti Region (272
Km north Of
The pomp and pageantry of the
is most vividly brought to life during beautiful Adae
festivals which are held at the palace. These are
occasions when the king , riding in a palanquin
and adorned with all his gold ornaments comes out
to receive homage from sub-chiefs
Elmina, Central Region 57Km West of
This is the native
version of Christmas which is exclusively celebrated by the people of Elmina. The
festival was influenced by the Portuguese settlers who celebrated a similar event
every January. For the people of Elmina, it's a period of purification, sacrifices
to the gods, remembrance of the dead and the welcoming of the New Year.
A festival for the purification of the people to rid them of social evil. It's a
13 day celebration filled with cultural activities and family reunions. Apoo means
"Rejection Of Evil" During the celebrations, women, children and chiefs parade the
principal streets of the town to drive away the evil deeds of the past yearly shouting
and castigating evil doers in the society.
Krobo Odumase, Eastern
Region(80Km East Of
A puberty festival by the Krobos(of Somanya Odumase)
when girls at adolescent age are initiated into woman hood with a parade. The attire
of the girls is close to nudity.
May - First Saturday
Winneba, 66Km West of
An exciting festival
which is one of the most famous in
. Two warrior groups set out to capture and bring back home a live antelope and
the first group to arrive with its catch to the chief and elders is declared the
champion. It's a lifetime experience.
Region 272Km North of
Very important festival
celebrated annually by the people of Essumeja in Ashanti Region to commemorate their
birth or how their ancestors emerged one Monday night from a hole in the ground
followed by a dog and lion amid drumming, dancing and other activities. The gods
are invoked for blessing, protection and prosperity of the people.
AFENORTO(Staying At Home)
Region about 74km North-East of
This festival is celebrated
annually by the people to take stock of their lives, strengthen family and friendship
bonds and pay homage to their ancestors through pouring of libation and funeral
obsequies. It's also the period during which the people take stock of their lives
and plan for the future; when young men meet their future spouses and pay homage
to their ancestors through libations and funeral obsequies; and undertake development
, Osu, Labadi etc.
Homowo (hooting at
hunger) is one of the gayest festivals celebrated by the people of Ga Traditional
Ceremonies include processions through the streets of Accra of all twins and the
traditional sprinkling of the festive food "Kpokpoi" to the gods and ancestors of
the Ga State.
coast. 144 km West Of
A very colorful festival.
Like all grand festivals, there is a procession of chiefs, drumming and dancing
and firing musketry, but there is uniqueness in the traditional attire of the various
warrior groups and the slaughtering of a cow in public for 77 gods of Oguaa(Cape Coast)
Aburi, Amanokrom, Mamfe North of
A period of remembrance
and thanksgiving to the gods for their mercies and a renewal of family and social
ties. It marks the belief in life after death, hence the unceasing pouring of chiefs
in real pomp and pageantry with the chiefs and queenmothers riding in palanquins,
shaded by traditional umbrellas and supported by warriors
Anloga, Volta Region 140 km east of
Celebrated in commemoration
of the migration of Anlos from a tyrannical ruler in Notsie to their present homeland.
An essential aspect of the festival is a durbar of chiefs and people, dancing and
drumming and general merry making.
Sandema, Upper East Region, 839 km north of
The annual FIOK festival
is celebrated by the Builsas of Sandema. This is a War festival which re-enacts
the ancient heroic exploits of the Builsas. Amidst drumming and dancing, the gods
are invoked for protection and for a bountiful harvest.