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Festivals form part of an important part of the Ghanaian culture and take place in the various parts of the country throughout the year. You are likely to stumble on one when just visiting a community but it would be worth taking note of dates since accommodation can be in short supply during important festivals.
Ghanaian festivals are mainly traditional ceremonies that date beyond several hundred years but there are some contemporary events worth seeing such as the Panafest, Emancipation Day and the NAFAC.

Aboakyir Festival: The very well attended Aboakyir; the deer hunting festival of the people of Wineba normally comes during the first weekend or the month of May. Wineba is most attractive for its fishing harbor and serene beaches.  The 300 year festival is centered on deer hunt in which two youth groups called Asafo groups compete for the first catch of the deer; captured alive.

Homowo: Homowo meaning mocking at hunger takes place between August and September in the capital Accra and some parts of the surrounding communities normally during harvest time when there is abundant crops and fish. Each traditional enclave has its celebration on different dates. The festival is mainly characterized with fun fair and street dance day and all night.


Fetu Afahye:  Fetu Afahye is a colorful festival celebrated by the Fantes in Cape-Coast when chiefs and other local groups dressed in traditional regalia with processions through the principal streets of the town.





Bakatue Festival:  Bakatue which the festival of the people of Elmina is said to predate the arrival of the Europeans 500 years ago making it one the most ancient in Ghana is characterized by street processions and competitions including boat racing.


Hogbetsotso: Hogbe is celebrated by a section of Ewes; the Anlos from the southern part of the Volta Region to commemorate their migration from a previous settlement in the now Togoland about 200 years ago normally on the first Saturday of the month of November. It comes with procession of chiefs and people dressed in their traditional regalia as well as drumming and dancing and general fun fares.



Odwira: O dwira festival is a week-long celebration among the people of Akans in Kumasi, Akwapim , Akropong, Akuapim and Akwamu in the month of September.

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