HOMOWO FESTIVAL PDF

Being located in the capital town of Ghana, the Homowo Festival has generated lot of international recognition and tourism. The celebration of Homowo Festival of the Ga is used to commemorate the terrible hunger and famine that stroke the Ga ancestors when they were migrating to Ghana. According to oral tradition, when the Ga ancestors went through the severe famine, they acted industriously in planting of cereal crops like maize and millet. The gods on other side of life rewarded them bountifully for their hard work and efforts by giving them a bumper harvest.

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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. When the rains returned to normal, the Ga people celebrated by creating the Homowo festival, hence its name and meaning.

Homowo is greatly celebrated in all the towns in the Ga state with celebrations climaxing in Gamashie. The celebration begins with the planting of maize, which will be used in preparing the food for the festival named Kpokpoi or Kpekple.

During this period, noise making is prohibited since it is believed that it will hinder the maturity of the crop. This is normally done by traditional leaders and family heads. Celebration includes marching down roads and streets beating drums, chanting, face painting, singing and traditional dances. On this day there is usually a lot of traffic and roads are usually blocked off to accommodate the festival.

Even though it is a Ga tradition, many other ethnic groups are welcomed to also join in the celebration.

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HOMOWO – FESTIVAL OF THE GA PEOPLE

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.

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HOMOWO FESTIVAL

The festival starts in the month of May with the planting of crops before the rainy season starts. This festival remembers a time when the people who celebrate it, the Ga, were migrating to a new territory in modern day Accra and they suffered a severe famine brought on by poor rainfall. When the rains returned to normal over the following seasons the Ga remembered this catastrophe by "hollering or jeering at hunger", which is the literally translation of the word Homowo. Major Attractions The festival starts in May with the sowing of the crops before the rainy season and ends with the August harvest. During June noise is banned though the state and people migrate to the homes of their fathers. At the beginning of August the first sign of festivities show though with a Yam feast festival and as the Ga who live out of state return to their father"s houses for Homowo the celebration proper kicks off.

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Homowo Festival

Etymology[ edit ] 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. Homowo is greatly celebrated in all the towns in the Ga state with celebrations climaxing in Gamashie. The celebration begins with the planting of maize, which will be used in preparing the food for the festival named Kpokpoi or Kpekple. During this period, noise making is prohibited or banned since it is believed that it will hinder the maturity of the crop.

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