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Events in Ghana

The centuries-old traditions of the people of Ghana and the diversity of the distinct ethnic groups have created a rich culture that is the splendid legacy of modern Ghana.

To the people of Ghana, the traditions of their ancestors are still an important part of daily life. Customary leaders have historical authority over tribal and family matters, and customary lands are an important heritage.

Important events in life are marked by special rites and rituals. Child naming, puberty initiations, marriage and death are marked by family ceremonies, while seasonal festivals bring a whole people or clan together in spectacular fashion.

A common feature is the belief in the Supreme Being, in life after death and in the nearness of dead ancestors. Festivals also recall past events, and consecrate a new season with confidence and hope.

Traditional fetish shrines, sometimes concealed but more often displayed, are important centres of worship and traditional healing, and an influential part of traditional life.

Of special significance are the Posuban shrines, particular to the Fante communities in Southern Ghana. Fanciful buildings lavishly decorated with folk art, they are religious centres for Fante warrior organisations.

Many festivals include thrilling durbars of chiefs, when tribal leaders and Queen Mothers process in decorated palanquins, shaded by traditional umbrellas, and supported by drummers and warrior discharging ancient muskets.

In Ashanti, the Adae and Akwasidae festivals vividly bring the splendour of the Asante kingdom to life, when the Ashantehene (King), adorned in all his gold regalia, comes out to receive the homage of his people. The Asantehenes dancers, praise-singers and horn-blowers surround the King and his procession, in a never-to-be-forgotten spectacle. The dates of many festivals are determined by traditional calendars, often decided close to the event.

  • Major Festivals
    Festival
    Month
    Town & Region
    Edina Buronya
    New Year
    Elmina, Central
    Adae and Akwasidae
    Every six weeks throughout the year
    Kumasi, Ashanti
    Ngmayen
    March/April
    Odumase, Eastern
    Gologo
    March
    Upper East
    Dipo
    May
    Krobo Odumasi, Eastern
    Aboakyer
    May
    Winneba, Central
    Bakatue
    July
    Elmina, Central
    Asafotufiam
    July/August
    Ada
    Odambea
    August
    Saltpond, Central
    Damba
    August
    Upper West
    Kumdum
    August/November
    Western
    Homowo
    August/September
    Accra
    Fetu Afahye
    September
    Cape Coast, Central
    Kobine
    September
    Upper West
    Odwira
    September/October
    Akropong, Aburi Eastern
    Hogbetsotso
    November
    Anloga, Volta
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  • Public Holidays
    Holiday
    Date
    New Year's Day
    1st January
    Eid ul Fitr
    Variable (As the position of the Moon (Ramadan Festival) determines the day it is celebrated)
    6th March
    Independence Day
    Good Friday
    Variable
    Easter Monday
    Variable
    Eid ul Adha
    70 days (10 weeks) from Eid ul Fitr (Festival of Sacrifice)
    Workers' Day
    1st May
    Africa Day
    25th May
    Republic Day
    1st July
    Farmers' Day
    1st Friday in December
    Christmas Day
    25th December
    Boxing Day
    26th December