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Festivals Calendar

Festivals Calendar

Traditional festivals celebrated in the Republic of Ghana

2024

01 January 2024

Masquerade Festival - Winneba

Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colourful event.

2024

02 January 2024

Dayitsotsoke - Tafi Atome

Community celebration with drumming, dance, crafts and other cultural displays.

2024

28 January 2024

Akwasidae - Kumasi

Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colourful event.

2024

28 January 2024

Edina Bronya - Elmina

Celebrate the friendship between the Dutch and the people of Elmina. Elaborate fish-catching rituals, and the firing of musketry. Drumming, dancing, singing. Sheep are sacrificed in front of Elmina castle.

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28 January 2024

Begum - Tamale, Walewale, Bolgatanga

Fire festival.

2024

28 January 2024

Tingana (or Tengana) - Balungu, Wiakongo and Pwalugu 

Thanksgiving offering of sacrifices, traditional music, dancing and celebration among the Telensi tribe.

2024

28 January 2024

Fao - Paga, Navrongo, Chiana and Kayoro

Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Stalks of millet are displayed as a sign of sacrifice and thanks.

2024

28 January 2024

Adaakoya - Bolgatanga and Zuarungu

Thanksgiving sacrifices by the Gurunsis tribe, followed by drumming, dancing and procession of chiefs.

2024

28 January 2024

Kuure - Zaare

Celebration by blacksmiths of the Zaare of the main farming tool of the area: the hoe. Events include sacrifices, followed by drumming and dancing.

2024

28 January 2024

Paragbeile - Tumu

Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Farm produce is displayed during music, dance and merry-making.

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28 January 2024

Papa - Kumawu

Procession of chiefs & militia, cow sacrifice & ritual to secure cow meat.

2024

28 January 2024

Fetish festival - Tafi Atome

For the monkeys at the sanctuary.

2024

28 February 2024

Sasadu - Saviefe, Akrofu, Sovie, Alavanyo

Pomp and pagentry to renew frienship between the four communities. Grand procession of chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Kwafie - Techiman, Wenchi, Sunyani, Berekum

Celebrates the ancestors who brought fire to the area.

2024

28 February 2024

Akwambo (Akwan-bo) - Agona Nyakrom, Agona Swedru    

Path clearing festival, where paths to communal sites are cleared. The following day there is a parade of clay-covered people carrying twigs and tree branches, drumming & dancing and firing of musketry.

2024

28 February 2024

Odambea - Saltpond

Commemorates the migration of the Nkusukum people to their present settlement. Features the re-enactment of the ancient life styles of the people.

2024

28 February 2024

Asafotu-fiam - Ada

Commemorates victories of warriors with a procession of chiefs, historic re-enactments and musketry firing.

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28 February 2024

Odwira - Akropong-Akuapim, Aburi, Larteh and Mamfi

A yam harvest festival celebrated in many villages of the Akuapim Range. This festival originated as a celebration of victory over the invincible Ashanti army during the historic battle of Katamansu near Dodowa in 1826 and also to cleanse themselves and ask for protection from their gods.

2024

28 February 2024

Gologo or Golib - Tenzug

Asking for good rain and successful farming. Public music and dancing.

2024

28 February 2024

Asogli Te Za (yam festival) - Ho

Durbar, drumming and dance celebrates the long-ago hunter that discovered the yam tuber while on a hunting expedition.

2024

28 February 2024

Hogbetsotso - Anlo areas

A grand procession of chiefs to commemorate the exodus of the Anlo-Ewes from Northern Togo to their present location in the southeastern wetlands of Ghana. A grand procession of chiefs with drumming, dancing and singing.

2024

28 February 2024

Nkyidwo - Essumeja

Ritual and procession of chiefs on Saturday. Commemorates the origin of the Ashantis.

2024

28 February 2024

Yaa Asantewaa - Ejisu

Procession of chiefs and people pay homage to Yaa Asantewaa, the Ashanti war heroine who defeated the British.

2024

28 February 2024

Kobine - Lawra

Post-harvest celebration to acknowledge the gods. Dance groups compete and 'best dancer' and 'best community group' are awarded prizes.

2024

28 February 2024

Emancipation Day - Accra

Events that commemorate the final abolition of Chatel Slavery in the British colonies on 1st August 1834. Ghana was the first country in Africa to officially celebrate Emancipation Day in 1998. Ceremonies are conducted at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, the George Padmore Library and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra. On Odd years, this celebration is part of the PANAFEST.

2024

28 February 2024

Jintigi - Larabanga

Consultation of the Koran by the Chief Imam to predict the coming year.

2024

28 February 2024

Jintigi Fire - Domango

Fire festival, with night processions with torches into the bush and outskirts of towns and villages within Gonjaland. Koran recitals.

2024

28 February 2024

Gyenpren - Kwahu Tafo

Celebrate the waterfalls with pomp and pageantry, attracting many visitors.

2024

28 February 2024

Kpalikpakpa - Wegbe Kpalime

Music, drumming, dance, and a durbar of chiefs to remember the ancestors.

2024

28 February 2024

Samanpiid - Bawku

Traditional music and dances, costumes, and thanks for the harvest.

2024

28 February 2024

Edina Bakatue - Elmina

Opening of the Lagoon, elaborate rituals and royal processions, at the river bank and on palanquins on the lagoon. Very popular festival.

2024

28 February 2024

Fofie (yam festival) - Techiman

Exciting durbar of chiefs on the Saturday climax of this week-long celebration featuring food, dress and dance to ask for future blessing and guidance.

2024

28 February 2024

Kakube - Nandom

This festival is celebrated to thank family gods and ask them to bless the soil, protect the people during the farming seasons.

2024

28 February 2024

Bobum or Dipo - Krobo Odumase & Somanya

Initiation of girls into womanhood with beautiful adornments.

2024

28 February 2024

Apenorto (or Afernorto) - Mepe

Procession of chiefs and people with general merry-making.

2024

28 February 2024

Ahukan - Kibi

Festival by Akim people to honour their local chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Velukusi - Ve-deme

Commemorate the escape of the Ewes under the cruel King Aghorkoli in Togo. To escape, the Ewes poured water on a section of the walls that enslaved them, brought the wall down and then walked backwards to disguise their route. This is re-enacted for all to feel what really happened. The climax of the festival is the display of rich traditional cloths and beads and a grand durbar of chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Sometutuza - Keta Agbozume

A grand procession of chiefs wearing traditional hand-woven Ewe-style Kente cloth.

2024

28 February 2024

Mmoa Ni Nko - Offinso

Celebrates the bravery and wisdom of Nana Wiafe Akenten I, who accepted land instead of jewelry from the Ashanti King as a reward for loyalty in warfare. Grand procession of chiefs with drumming, dancing and musket firing.

2024

28 February 2024

Apoo - Techiman, Nkoranza and Wenchi

Dispel evil and please the ancestors to ensure good crops.

2024

28 February 2024

Apiba - Senya Beraku

 

2024

28 February 2024

PANAFEST - Cape Coast & Elmina

Huge biennial event of African culture. Theater, music, cinema, poetry and lectures combines with traditional processions.

2024

28 February 2024

Fao - Paga, Navrongo, Chiana and Kayoro

Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Stalks of millet are displayed as a sign of sacrifice and thanks.

2024

28 February 2024

Zumbenti - Kaleo or Kalea

Most important thanksgiving festival in Upper West. Time of prayer, re-uniting of families and many traditional marriages.

2024

28 February 2024

Alluole - Sefwi, Wiawso

Yam festival at this unique enclave of Judaism.

2024

28 February 2024

Nyigbla - Afife

Thanksgiving and commemorate the Anlo-Ewe migration to this area. War dances, songs and bonfire jumping with a grand procession of area chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Godigbeza - Aflao

A grand procession of chiefs to commemorate the exodus from Northern Togo. War dances, songs and drums.

2024

28 February 2024

Kloyo Sikplemi - Somanya, Yilo Krobo

Expedition to the base of the mountain where Krobo people were evicted by the British. Procession of chiefs will climax this celebration.

2024

28 February 2024

Ngmayem - Manya and Yilo Krobo

Durbar of Chiefs to commemorates the final abolition of Chatel Slavery in the British colonies on 1st August 1834. On Odd years, this is celebration is part of the PANAFEST.

2024

28 February 2024

Ngmayem - Dodowa

Harvest and thanksgiving festival.

2024

28 February 2024

Nkronu - Shama, Beposo

Festival to purify the royal stools of area chiefs. Prayers to ancestors for a good harvest and long life.

2024

28 February 2024

Gyenpren - Kwahu Tafo

Durbar of chiefs for an abundant harvest and peace.

2024

28 February 2024

Munufie - Japekrom

Durbar of chiefs, dance competitions, football matches, musical performances, and traditional drumming are all to be found at this festival promoting diversity and bringing neighbours into dialogue.

2024

28 February 2024

Ayimagonu - Dofor Adidome

Much pagentry, grand procession of chiefs riding palanquins amidst drumming, dancing and singing of war songs.

2024

28 February 2024

Apatwa - Dixcove

This festival features various ceremonies, tributes, community service, and merry-making lasting most of the month.

2024

28 February 2024

Feok (or Fiok) - Sandema

Important festival commemorates victory over the slave raider Babatu. War dances in various communities with grand procession of chiefs at climax. Traditional headgear is topped with enormous antlers.

2024

28 February 2024

Agbamevoza (Kente festival) - Agotime 

Kente festival of Volta Region. Thousands attend to see Kente-weaving competition, the crowning of Miss Agbamevor (Miss Kente), and the beautiful procession of chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Nkyidwo - Essumeja

Ritual and procession of chiefs on Saturday. Commemorates the origin of the Ashantis.

2024

28 February 2024

Dzawuwu - Dabala

Commemorates bravery of the Agaves. Grand procession of chiefs with traditional drumming and dancing.

2024

28 February 2024

Dodoleglime (or Ve-Lukusi) - Ve 

Dodoleglime, which in Ewe literally means coming out of the wall, marks the escape of the people from the tyrannical rule of Togbe Agorkoli of Notsie in the 17th century.

2024

28 February 2024

Asafua - Sekondi

Celebration of the local deity Asafua.

2024

28 February 2024

Edim Kese - Sekondi

Festival of rememberances to ancestors with plenty of drumming and dance.

2024

28 February 2024

Akwantukese - Koforidua

Rememberance of the migration of Juabeng people from Ashanti to the area.

2024

28 February 2024

Wilaa - Takpo

Thanksgiving at Wilaa shrine for guidance and protection.

2024

28 February 2024

Afadzato Togbo Tsikeke - Liati-Wote

 

2024

28 February 2024

Aboakyir (Aboakyer) - Winneba

Hugely popular festival. Friday rituals. Saturday competition to catch a live deer accompanied by drumming and dancing. Sunday at 14:00 is sacrifice. Like Jewish Passover, houses receive a smear of sheep blood and a sprinkling of dough mix meal on the three days before the festival begins.

2024

28 February 2024

Gbidukor - Peki and Hohoe

Huge celebration with chiefs carried on palanquins. A time to commemorate the ancestors of the Gbi-Ewes. Thousands of people attend. Various community activities throught the month.

2024

28 February 2024

Damba festivals - Tamale, Dagbon, Mamprugu, Gonja, Yendi, Mamprugui and Nanumba

The Damba festivals occur throughout the northern regions of Ghana, These celebrations coincide with the new farming season when new yam is harvested. Originally linked with Islam to mark the birth of Mohammed, the two-day festival has gradually taken on a traditional rather than Islamic tone, with pageantry and showmanship. Procession on horseback amidst drumming and dancing.

2024

28 February 2024

Kpledjoo - Tema

Ceremony to open Sakumo Lagoon for fishing. A grand procession of chiefs and people, with free-for-all hugging.

2024

28 February 2024

Sasabobirim - Awuah Domase

Remembrance of the area chief who joined Yaa Asantewaa to fight the British.

2024

28 February 2024

OhumKyire (second Ohum) - Akyem, Kibi 

Anniversary of Akyem Nation and thanksgiving for the harvest. There is a two-week ban on drumming, dancing and noisemaking prior to the festival.

2024

28 February 2024

Kundum - Sekondi to Axim

Harvest festival, a period to remember ancestors, expel evil spirits, cleanse the community and set goals for the coming year. This festival is celebrated in coastal towns during different weeks over the course of a number of months.

2024

28 February 2024

Amu brown rice festival - Vane

Rice harvest festival and commemoration of the victory that secured the current homeland. Drumming, dancing, singing and durbar of chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Zendo Glimetotoza - Kpeve, Tsohor and Klikor

A grand procession of chiefs to commemorate the exodus from Northern Togo. War dances, songs and drums with a grand procession of area chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

OhumKan (first Ohum) - Akyem, Kibi 

Anniversary of Akyem Nation and thanksgiving for the harvest. There is a two-week ban on drumming, dancing and noisemaking prior to the festival.

2024

28 February 2024

Boaram - Teng-zug

Harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Talensis tribe with sacrifices to gods.

2024

28 February 2024

Dzimbi - Upper Regions 

Celebrated throughout the northern regions of Ghana in June with drumming & dance, much food, and durbars of chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Foyawoo - Atebubu

Visitors are greeted with food and drink as locals adorn traditional clothing. Colourful durbar of chiefs carried in palanquins is accompanied by dancing, drumming and horn blowing.

2024

28 February 2024

Fetu Afahye - Cape Coast

Oguaa tribe's Adorning of new clothes, or Carnival. Enormous Monday night procession of traditional priests and priestesses. Bakatue ceremony and boat race at the Fosu lagoon. First Saturday in September is a huge procession of chiefs.

2024

28 February 2024

Ngmayem - Manya and Yilo Krobo

Harvest and thanksgiving festival.

2024

28 February 2024

Kalibi - Sankanka

Commemorates victory over slave raiders.

2024

28 February 2024

Agbeliza - Akatsi, Avenorpedo and Avenorpeme

Cassava festival with displays of over 20 different products made from the cassava plant.

2024

28 February 2024

Kwafie - Techiman, Wenchi, Sunyani, Berekum

Celebrates the ancestors who brought fire to the area.

2024

28 February 2024

Reverential Night - Cape Coast

Solemn vigil to remember those ancestors who became slaves during the Middle Passage. Attendees are encouraged to wear white. On Odd years, this is celebration is part of the PANAFEST.

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