HOMOWO FESTIVAL PDF

The Homowo Festival, which is held in Ghana is one of a kind. A month long ban on noise is placed during the period leading to the festival. Churches, mosques, clubs and open bars comply with the regulation. When the celebrations start, the Ga people "hoot at hunger" in the remembrance of the famine that once happened in their history. From May 14th to June 14th, the city of Accra, Ghana is quiet. The Ga people, the original inhabitants of Accra observe a festival during this period called the Homowo Festival.

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Thanksgiving and the Homowo Festival

The Homowo Festival is a month long celebration of the harvest mainly celebrated by the Ga people in the Greater Accra area of Ghana. The festival is not necessarily held at one specific time but is usually held near August. Eventually, the Ga people fasted and prayed, then began farming and had an excellent crop. To shadow the famine before the harvest, there is a month long ban on drumming, signing, and general noise-making for a month until the festival begins. When the festival begins, these bans are lifted and processions and parties ensue. The Homowo Festival is celebrated not with turkey but with a kpoikpoi — the traditional Homowo food made of maize and palm oil.

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Homowo Festival

Homowo is a harvest festival celebrated by the Ga-Adangbe people of Ghana. The festival starts in the month of May with the planting of crops mainly maize and yam before the rainy season starts. During the festival, they perform a dance called Kpanlogo. The Ga people celebrate Homowo in the remembrance of the famine that once happened in their history in precolonial Ghana. The word Homowo Homo - hunger, wo - hoot can mean "to hoot or jeer at hunger" in the Ga language. When the rains returned to normal, the Ga people celebrated by creating the Homowo festival, hence its name and meaning.

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