One of the most attractive aspects of Ghanaian Cultural life is the traditional
festivals and durbars which are held in all parts of the country throughout the year.
Some major ones are as follows:-
Adae and Akwasidae – Ashanti Region; Kumasi, Adae Kesie or Big Adae festivals take
place every five years. It is during this celebration that the golden Stool is
brought out. Akwasidae is held every sixth Sunday.
Jan & Feb
Edina Buronya – Central Region
Elmina, a local version of Christmas
Bugum Festival – Northern Region
Walewale: Fiwe Carnival
March & April
6th March – Independence Day Parade – Accra, and all regional capitals.
Papa – Ashanti Region: A weeklong Papa festival is celebrated in Kumawu
Apoo – Brong Ahafo Region: Techiman, Nkoranza and Wenchi
Ngmayem – Eastern Region: Krobo Odumase and Somanya
Dipo – Eastern Region: Krobo Odumase, A Puberty festival
Aboakyer – Central Region: Winneba, it is one of the famous deer hunting festivals in Ghana.
June - Aug.
Damba – Upper West Region
Kundum – Western Region
Bakatue [Regatta] - Central Region: Elmina, it marks the beginning of the fishing season.
Asafotufiami – Greater Accra Region
Homowo [carnival] Greater Accra Region: This marks the celebration of victory over a severe historic famine. Odambea – Central Region: Saltpond
Sept & Oct:
Fetu Afakye [carnival] Central Region; Cape Coast
Kobine – Upper West Reg.Wa & Lawra
Odwira – Eastern Region.
Nov & Dec.
Hugbetsotso – Volta Region, Angloga
Kwafie- Brong Ahafo Region: Dormaa – Ahenkro, Berekum and Nsuatre
Fiok – Upper East Region: Sandema. This is a war festival