Novembers is a time when the country of Ghana is starting to experience some warmer days and cool nights. This is why many of the festivals that are held throughout the villages of Ghana are held in November. Some of these festivals are sacred, local festivals while other festivals are ones that visitors to Ghana can experience. Here is a look at some of the festivals that are held throughout the month of November.
Hobetsostso Festival. The Hobestsostso Festival is a major festival celebrated by the village and group known as the Anlo Ewes. It is believed that these people ran away from a bad ruler by walking backwards and finally ending up at their current village. This festival represents the exodus the villagers ancestors had to go through. There are dozens of events and rituals that are held throughout this month long festival. Some of the rituals include a purification ceremony for the village, a time of peace throughout the village, and a recreation of the travels the ancestors did. The most important part of the festival is when the chiefs of the village dress up in colorful attire and receive their subjects. The Hobestsostso Festival also involves a lot of dancing and traditional Ghanaian music.
Kwafie Festival. If you are in the villages of Dormaa, Berekum, Nsuatre or Ahenkro you will be able to experience the Kwafie Festival. This festival is a time of remembrance for those that have previously passed. It is a time of purification for the villages. A unique feature of this festival is the building and burning of a huge bonfire because the legends say that the Dormaa brought fire to the country of Ghana. One of the highlights of the festival includes a pageant of the royal courts of the villages. This is where the royal courts come out to music and dancing and dress in their finest attire to greet the rest of the village.