August is a time of many people in Ghana celebrating ancient history and honoring local cultures. There are so many festivals that are held in Ghana during the month of August that if you are a visitor to the area you could experience several festivals throughout the month. Here is a look at some other major festivals that are held in Ghana during the month of August.
Homowo Festival. Homowo Festival is a festival that honors the beginning of the harvest season. This is a month long celebration by the people of the Ga Traditional Area. A unique feature of this month long celebration is the making of a special Ghana dish that involves ground corn which is made with palm oil and eaten with a local soup known as the palmnut soup. This is a traditional dish that is prepared only during the festival. Other highlights of the festival include the special processions of the local chiefs who will walk through the villages and offer blessings for a great new year. These processions involve music, dancing and a great community atmosphere. Visitors to the area are often invited to join the chief for the honorary tasting of the Homowo Festival dish.
Kundum Festival. The Kundum Festival is actually a several month festival but it starts in August. This festival starts in the village of Takoradi and features traditional drumming and music as well as dancing. Rituals and blessings are also performed during this festival. The festival lasts for two days and then moves on to other villages.
Afenorto Festival. The Afenorto Festival is held in the village of Mepe. It is a festival that signifies the bonding of friends and family members. It is a time when the village people reflect on their lives, build up family bonds and create plans for the coming year. For those in arranged marriages this is a time when they will meet each other for the first time.