Homowo Festival

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The Ga people from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana celebrate this harvest festival according to ghanaweb.com. It begins with the sowing of millet by the traditional priests in May.

After this, a thirty – day ban on drumming is imposed on the land by the priest. The people hold the belief that noise making around this period could hinder bumper harvest.

The Ga people celebrate Homowo in the remembrance of the famine that once happened in their history in precolonial Ghana. Oral history has it that the Ga people experienced severe famine that caused acute hunger due to the failure of rain in the Accra Region.

When the rain eventually returned to normal and consequently brought about bumper harvest, the people in celebration “hoot at hunger” otherwise translated as “Homowo” in Ga language.

The festival is celebrated with a meal of Kpokpoi r Kpekple – a preparation of millet of millet that is eaten with Palm Nut soup, which is also sprinkled within the town by the priests.

The people march around the town dancing and singing as traditional drummers and dancers perform along. The Homowo festival is highlighted at varying times by different quarters of the Ga tribe with the Ga – Mashie group celebrating a little earlier than the La group.

The festival attracts people from the neighboring ethnic groups across Ghana.

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