Festivals of Ghana

January

Region Location Festival Date Description
Throughout Ghana National Holiday New Year Eve and Day 31 December through 2 January New Year is a time of great merry-making. Things slow to a crawl, or even shut down completely during this time
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 05 Jan
2015: 18 Jan
2016: 31 Jan
2017: 01Jan
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Ashanti Bonwire Kente January Chiefs and people wearing kente.
Brong Ahafo Acherensua - Asutifi Nkompo January -
Brong Ahafo Kukuon - Asunafo Addae Tuntum ends January -
Brong Ahafo Ayomso - Asunafo Addae Kesee ends January -
Brong Ahafo Ntotoroso - Asutufi Apomasu January -
Central Winneba Masquerading 01 January Elaborate costumes unlike any other festival in Ghana. Brass bands and huge crowds. Dance competition at the Advanced Teacher Training College Park.
Central Elmina Edina Bronya First Thursday of January Celebrate friendship between the Dutch and people of Elmina. Elaborate fish-catching rituals, firing of musketry. Drumming, dancing, singing. Sheep are sacrificed in front of Elmina castle.
Eastern Akuapem Ridge: Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim, Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase. Akuapem Odwira ends While most of these ceremonies take place in September and October, some are from that time until January Ceremonies moving throughout the villages along the Akuapem Ridge. Beautiful processions of chiefs and people will climax the festival in each village.
Northern Tamale, Walewale, throughout the region Begum January, per lunar calendar fire festival
Upper East Balungu, Wiakongo and Pwalugu in the Tongo area Tingana (or Tengana) Throughout January Thanksgiving offering of sacrifices, traditional music, dancing and celebration among the Telensis tribe.
Upper East Various villages in Paga, Navrongo, Chiana and Kayoro areas Fao continues Ongoing between November and February, but mostly in January. Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Stalks of millet are displayed as a sign of sacrifice and thanks.
Upper East Bolgatanga and Zuarungu Adaakoya begins Between January and February Thanksgiving sacrifices by the Gurunsis tribe, followed by drumming, dancing and procession of chiefs.
Upper East Bolgatanga Begum January, per lunar calendar fire festival
Upper East Zaare Kuure January or February Celebration by blacksmiths of the Zaare of the main farming tool of the area: the hoe. Events include sacrifices, followed by drumming and dancing.
Upper East Sumbrugu Kusebko Larere January -
Upper West Wa Kpini Kylu 22 January -
Upper West Tumu Paragbeile begins Last week in January through first week in February Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Farm produce is displayed during music, dance and merry-making.
Volta Akpafu Rice Festival January Celebrate the rice harvest.
Western Supomu, Shama Inkronu January -
Western Ntotoroso, Asutufi Apomasu January  
Western Wassa Akropong Afahye Edie January -
Western Wassa Amenfie Eddie January -

February

Region Location Festival Date Description
Throughout Ghana National Celebration Valentine's Day
National Chocolate Day
14 February While not an officially recognized national holiday, Valentine's Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout Ghana.
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 16 Feb
2017: 12 Feb
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Upper East Various villages in Paga, Navrongo, Chiana and Kayoro areas Fao ends Ongoing between November and February, but mostly in January. Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Stalks of millet are displayed as a sign of sacrifice and thanks.
Upper East Bolgatanga and Zuarungu Adaakoya ends Between January and February Thanksgiving sacrifice followed by drumming, dancing and procession of chiefs.
Upper East Zaare Kuure January or February Celebration by blacksmiths of the Zaare of the main farming tool of the area: the hoe. Events include sacrifices, followed by drumming and dancing.
Upper West Tumu Paragbeile ends Last week in January through first week in February Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Farm produce is displayed during music, dance and merry-making..
Volta Tafi-Atome Fetish festival First or second week of February For the monkeys at the sanctuary
Volta Dabala, in Agave district Dzawuwu February Commemorates bravery of the Agaves. Grand procession of chiefs with traditional drumming and dancing.
Volta Afife, near Akatsi Nyigbla Week-long celebration climaxing on the third weekend in February Thanksgiving and commemorate the Anlo-Ewe migration to this area. War dances, songs and bonfires with grand procession of area chiefs.

March

Region Location Festival Date Description
Throughout Ghana National Holiday Independence Day 06 March Commemorates the independence of Ghana from the British Empire in 1957.
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 30 March
2015: 01 March
2016: 13 March
2017: 26 March
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Ashanti Kumawu, in Sekyere East district Papa Mostly in March, Akwasiade date Procession of chiefs & militia, cow sacrifice & ritual to secure cow meat.
Brong Ahafo Techiman, Nkoranza and Wenchi Apoo March or April Dispel evil and please the ancestors to ensure good crops.
Eastern Krobo towns of Manya and Yilo,
Odumase
Ngmayem begins March and April Harvest and thanksgiving festival
Greater Accra Tema Kpledjoo Usually first week in April, but may occur in late March Ceremony to open Sakumo lagoon for fishing. Grand procession of chiefs and people, with free-for-all hugging.
Greater Accra Akuse, on Volta River south of Atimpoku Volo March -
Upper East Tenzug, at Tongo Hills  Gologo, or Golib Late March, early April Asking for good rain and successful farming. Public music and dancing.
Upper East Dagbon or Walewale Damba March Feast of the Prophet
Upper East & Upper West regionwide Kyiu Sung 07 March -
Volta Fievie - Dugame Fievie Kpor Legbaza Bi-annually in March Celebration with procession of chiefs.
Volta Anfoega, 15km north of Ho Asikloe March -

April

Region Location Festival Date Description
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2015: 12 April
2016: 24 April
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Brong Ahafo Techiman and Wenchi Apoo March or April Dispel evil and please the ancestors to ensure good crops.
Eastern Krobo Odumase & Somanya, about 80km north of Accra Bobum, or Dipo During April Initiation of girls into womanhood with beautiful adornments.
Eastern Odumase Ngmayem ends March and April Harvest and thanksgiving festival
Eastern Kwahu plateau and many villages throughout the Eastern Region. Easter Mostly in April. March in 2013 and 2016. Huge celebrations and festivals throughout the region for Easter.
Eastern Kwahu plateau at Atibie Kwahu Ghana Paragliding & Hang Gliding Festival Easter weekend Part of the Easter celebration in the area, this festival has become a major attraction since its inception in 2005.
Greater Accra Tema Kpledjoo Usually first week in April, but may occur in late March Ceremony to open Sakumo lagoon for fishing. Grand procession of chiefs and people, with free-for-all hugging.
Northern Larabanga Jintigi April, one day before Jintigi Fire Consultation of the Koran by the Chief Imam to predict the coming year.
Northern Domango, in Gonja area
Gonjaland
Jintigi Fire April Fire festival, with night processions with torches into the bush and outskirts of towns and villages within Gonjaland. Koran recitals.
Upper East Tenzug, at Tongo Hills  Gologo, or Golib Late March, early April Asking for good rain and successful farming. Public music and dancing.
Upper West Kaleo (or Kalea) Zumbenti  First week in April Most important thanksgiving festival in Upper West. Time of prayer, re-uniting of families and many traditional marriages.
Upper West Sankanka, between Kaleo and Wa Kalibi  First week in April Commemorates victory over slave raiders.
Upper West Takpo Wilaa 27 April Thanksgiving at Wilaa shrine for guidance and protection.
Volta Wli falls, Kpando's Our Lady of Lourdes Christian Grotto, many villages throughout the Volta Region Easter Mostly in April. March in 2013 and 2016. Huge celebrations and festivals throughout the region for Easter.
Volta Aflao Godigbeza April Grand procession of chiefs to commemorate the exodus from Northern Togo. War dances, songs and drums.

May

Region Location Festival Date Description
Throughout Ghana National Holiday May Day 01 May  
Throughout Ghana National Holiday Africa Union Day 25 May Commemorate the formation of the Africa Union.
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 11 May
2015: 24 May
2017: 07 May
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Brong-Ahafo Mamase Donkyi May -
Central Winneba  Aboakyir (Aboakyer) First weekend in May Hugely popular festival. Friday rituals. Saturday competition to catch a live deer accompanied by drumming and dancing. Sunday at 14:00 is sacrifice. Like Jewish Passover, houses receive a smear of sheep blood and a sprinkling of dough mix meal on the three days before the festival begins.
Eastern Krobo Odumase, about 80km north of Accra Dipo May Initiation of girls into womanhood with beautiful adornments.
Northern Gonyo Kipo, near Bole Beng May -
Upper East & Upper West Wa, Bawku and Bolgatanga Don mid-May -
Volta Afife, near Akatsi - 14 May -

June

Region Location Festival Date Description
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 22 June
2016: 05 June
2017: 18 June
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Central Senya Beraku, 40km southwest of Accra Apiba June -
Eastern Akyem, Kyebi and other villages OhumKan Tuesday and Wednesday in June or July.  Anniversary of Akyem Nation and thanksgiving for the harvest. There is a two-week ban on drumming, dancing  and noisemaking prior to the festival.
Eastern Kibi Ahukan June Festival by Akim people
Eastern Kwahu Tafo Gyenpren June -
Upper East & Upper West regionwide Dzimbi 11 June -
Western Sekondi Asafua June -

July

Region Location Festival Date Description
Throughout Ghana National Holiday Republic Day 01 July -
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2015: 05 July
2016: 17 July
2017: 30 July
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Ashanti Bonwire, Ejisu Kente begins July and August Chiefs and people wearing kente.
Brong Ahafo Sampa - Jaman Sungweh July -
Brong Ahafo Techiman, Wenchi Kwatie July through September -
Central Elmina Edina Bakatue First week in July. Rituals performed on Monday. Opening of the Lagoon, elaborate rituals and royal processions, at river bank and on palanquins on the lagoon. Very popular festival
Eastern Akyem OhumKan Tuesday and Wednesday in June or July.  Anniversary of Akyem Nation and thanksgiving for the harvest. There is a two-week ban on drumming, dancing  and noisemaking prior to the festival.
Greater Accra Ada Asafotu-fiam Begins last Thursday in July. Culminates first Saturday in August Commemorates victories of warriors with procession of chiefs, historic re-enactments and musketry firing.
Northern Tamale, Dagbon, Mamprugu, Gonja, Yendi, Mamprugui and Nanumba Somo Damba, Naa Danba and Belkusi Damba festivals Between July and August, per lunar calendar The Damba festivals occur throughout the northern regions of Ghana, These celebrations coincide with the new farming season when new yam is harvested. Originally linked with Islam to mark the birth of Mohammed, the two-day festival has gradually taken on a traditional rather than Islamic tone, with pageantry and showmanship. Procession on horseback amidst drumming and dancing.
Upper East Bawku Damba begins Between July and August
Upper West Wa Damba begins Between July and August
Western Sekondi and many nearby villages Kundum begins Between July and October Harvest festival, period to remember ancestors, cleansing the community and setting goals for the coming year
Western Sefwi, Wiawso Alluole July -

August

Region Location Festival Date Description
Ashanti Ejisu Yaa Asantewaa August Procession of chiefs and people pay homage to Yaa Asantewaa, the Ashanti war heroine who defeated the British.
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 03 Aug
2015: 16 Aug
2016: 28 Aug
 
Ashanti Bonwire, Ejisu Kente ends July and August Chiefs and people wearing kente.
Brong Ahafo Badu, in Wenchi district Fordjour begins August and September To celebrate the new yam.
Brong Ahafo Mo - Wenchi Bayidie August -
Brong Ahafo Techiman, Wenchi Kwatie July through September -
Central Agona Nyakrom, Agona Swedru Akwambo (or Akwan-bo) August Path clearing festival, where paths to communal sites are cleared. The following day there is a parade of clay-covered people carrying twigs and tree branches, drumming & dancing and firing of musketry. 
Central Abura Eguado To and Ahobaa Kese August -
Central  Cape Coast & Elmina Panafest August in odd-numbered years Huge biennial event of African culture. Theater, music, cinema, poetry and lectures combines with traditional processions.
Central Saltpond Odambea Last Saturday of August Commemorates the migration of the Nkusukum people to their present settlement. Features the re-enactment of the ancient life styles of the people.
Greater Accra Jamestown, Osu, Labadi, Prapram and other Ga villages and towns . Homowo begins Last week of August and first week of September Mocking Hunger is a huge event in Accra as well as other locations. Procession of twins, drumming, dancing. At the festival climax, from noon until 18:00, any woman must accept a friendly hug from any man on the streets.
Greater Accra Ada Asafotu-fiam Begins last Thursday in July. Culminates first Saturday in August Commemorates victories of warriors with procession of chiefs, historic re-enactments and musketry firing.
Northern Tamale, Dagbon, Mamprugu, Gonja, Yendi, Mamprugui and Nanumba Somo Damba, Naa Damba and Belkusi Damba festivals Between July and August The Damba festivals occur throughout the northern regions of Ghana, These celebrations coincide with the new farming season when new yam is harvested. Originally linked with Islam to mark the birth of Mohammed, the two-day festival has gradually taken on a traditional rather than Islamic tone, with pageantry and showmanship. Procession on horseback amidst drumming and dancing.
Upper East Bawku Damba ends Between July and August
Upper West Wa Damba ends Between July and August
Volta Liati-Wote Afadzato Togbo Tsikeke festivals begin  These festivals start in late August -
Volta Akatsi, Avenorpedo and Avenorpeme Agbeliza August Cassava festival with displays of over 20 different products made from the cassava plant.
Volta Agotime Traditional Area, about 8km east of Ho Agbamevoza August Kente festival of Volta Region. Thousands attend to see Kente-weaving competition, the crowning of Miss Agbamevor (Miss Kente), and the beautiful procession of chiefs.
Volta Mepe, in the North Tongu district Apenorto (or Afernorto) August Procession of chiefs and people with general merry-making.
Western Busua, Dadieso and many nearby villages Kundum continues Between July and October Harvest festival, period to remember ancestors, cleansing the community and setting goals for the coming year
Western Dadieso, Busua Alluole August -
Western Mpohor, Benso Odwira August -
Western Dixcove, near Busua Apatwa August -
Western Sekondi Edim Kese August -

September

Region Location Festival Date Description
Ashanti Kumasi Awukudae (or Adae), Odwira Ashanti Mid-September Beautiful processions of chiefs and people. Celebration of the harvest and a thanksgiving.
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2103: 01 Sep
2014: 14 Sep
2015: 27 Sep
2017: 10 Sep
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Brong Ahafo Badu, in Wenchi district Fordjour ends August and September To celebrate the new yam.
Brong Ahafo Prang Nkyifie September -
Brong Ahafo Hwidiem Adikanfo September -
Brong Ahafo Techiman, Wenchi Kwatie July through September -
Central Otum Akwambo Last Saturday in September Commemorates victories of warriors with re-enactments and musketry firing alongside a procession of chiefs.
Central Cape Coast, inland 19km in Cape Coast Traditional Area. Fetu Afahye Week-long celebration starting  September 1st. Sometimes starts in late August. Culminates 1st Saturday in September. Oguaa tribe's Adorning of new clothes, or Carnival. Enormous Monday night procession of traditional priests and priestesses. Bakatue ceremony and boat race at the Fosu lagoon. First Saturday in September is a huge procession of chiefs.
Ashanti Agona Akyempem    
Eastern Akyem, Abiriw (Akropong) OhumKyire Tuesday and Wednesday in September or October.  Anniversary of Akyem Nation and thanksgiving for the harvest. There is a two-week ban on drumming, dancing  and noisemaking prior to the festival.
Eastern Akuapem Ridge: Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim, Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase, Akwamu, Mampong. Akuapem Odwira begins Mostly in September and October Ceremonies moving throughout the villages along the Akuapem Ridge. Beautiful processions of chiefs and people will climax the festival in each village.
Eastern Aburi Yam festivals Mid-September to the end of September Celebrate yam harvest with grand procession of chiefs.
Greater Accra Jamestown, Osu, Labadi, Prapram Homowo ends Last week of August and first week of September Mocking Hunger is a huge event in Accra as well as other locations.
Upper West Lawra Kobina Usually first week in October, but may be anywhere between mid-September and mid-November Post-harvest celebration to acknowledge the gods. Dance groups compete and 'best dancer' and 'best community group' are awarded prizes
Volta Ho Asogli & Zendo September -
Volta Liati-Wote Afadzato Togbo Tsikeke festivals end  These festivals end at the start of September -
Volta Wli Falls Wli falls September Celebrate the waterfalls with pomp and pagentry, attracting many tourists.
Volta Ho and surrounding areas such as Sokode, Abutia Klefe and Akrofu Yam festivals Mid-September to the end of September Celebrate yam harvest with grand procession of chiefs.
Western Apatiem, Prince's Town and many nearby villages Kundum continues Between July and October Harvest festival, period to remember ancestors, cleansing the community and setting goals for the coming year

October

Region Location Festival Date Description
Ashanti Offinso Mmoa Ni Nko October Celebrate bravery and wisdom of Nana Wiafe Akenten I. Grand procession of chiefs with drumming, dancing and musket firing.
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2013: 13 Oct
2014: 26 Oct
2016: 09 Oct
2017: 22 Oct
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Brong Ahafo Atebubu Foyawoo October -
Brong Ahafo Nkoranza Munufie October -
Brong Ahafo Nchiraa, near Wenchi Fofie October Yam festival
Brong Ahafo Techiman and Wenchi Apoo October Dispel evil and please the ancestors to ensure good crops.
Central Saltpond - 1st Saturday in October -
Eastern Akuapem Ridge: Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim, Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase. Akuapem Odwira continues Mostly in September and October Ceremonies moving throughout the villages along the Akuapem Ridge. Beautiful processions of chiefs and people will climax the festival in each village.
Eastern Akyem, Abiriw (Akropong) OhumKyire Tuesday and Wednesday in September or October.  Anniversary of Akyem Nation and thanksgiving for the harvest. There is a two-week ban on drumming, dancing  and noisemaking prior to the festival.
Greater Accra Dodowa Ngmayem October Harvest and thanksgiving festival
Greater Accra Aburi - 3rd weekend in October -
Upper East Bongo Boaram Between October and November Harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Talensis tribe with sacrifices to gods.
Upper East Boari Daa - -
Upper West Lawra Kobina (or Kobine) Usually first week in October, but may be anywhere between mid-September and mid-November Post-harvest celebration to acknowledge the gods. Dance groups compete and 'best dancer' and 'best community group' are awarded prizes
Volta Ho Yam festivals First week in October Culmination of yam festival with grand procession of chiefs.
Volta Rotates between Saviefe, Akrofu, Sovie, Alavanyo Sasadu October Pomp and pagentry to renew frienship between the four communities. Grand procession of chiefs.
Volta Ve-deme Velukusi First week in October. Commemorate the escape of the Ewes under the cruel King Aghorkoli in Togo. To escape, the Ewes poured water on a section of the walls that enslaved them, brought the wall down and then walked backwards to disguise their route. This is re-enacted for all to feel what really happened. The climax of the festival is the display of rich traditional cloths and beads and a grand durbar of chiefs.
Volta Wli Falls Wli Falls Last Saturday in October Celebrate the waterfalls with pomp and pagentry, attracting many tourists.
Western Beyin, Esiama Kundum ends Between July and October Harvest festival, period to remember ancestors, cleansing the community and setting goals for the coming year
Western Bramiakor Elluo October -

November

Region Location Festival Date Description
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2013: 24 Nov
2015: 08 Nov
2016: 20 Nov
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Ashanti Essumeja, at a site in the Asantemanso forest Nkyidwo Last Monday in November through first Monday in December Ritual and procession of chiefs on Saturday. Commemorates the origin of the Ashantis.
Brong Ahafo Awuah Domase, near Sunyani Sasabobirim November Remembrance of area chief who joined with the Yaa Asantewaa to fight the British.
Brong Ahafo Dormaa, Berekum and Nsoatre Kwafie begins A week-long celebration in November and December, or possibly October. Purification ceremonies with large bonfires, commemorating the Dormaa ancestors who brought fire to Ghana.
Central Jukwa Odwira begins Weeks-long event Begins with drumming, firing of guns and wailing of women to remember ancestors. Friday a day of dancing and celebration in the streets. The week climaxes with a procession of chiefs.
Central Dunkwa-on-Offin Odwira ends Climax of weeks-long event After the first week in Jukwa, the Odwira celebration continues at a new location.
Eastern New Juabeng Akwantukese First week in November Thanks to ancestors and gods. Week climaxes in grand procession of chiefs.
Eastern Somanya, Yilo Krobo Kloyo Sikplemi November Expedition to  of mountain where Krobo people were evicted by the British. Procession of chiefs will climax this celebration.
Eastern Akuapem Ridge: Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim, Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase. Akuapem Odwira continues While most of these ceremonies take place in September and October, some are from that time until January Ceremonies moving throughout the villages along the Akuapem Ridge. Beautiful processions of chiefs and people will climax the festival in each village.
Upper East Tongo Daa 01 through 12 November -
Upper East Teng-zug, in Tongo District Boaram Between October and November Harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Talensis tribe with sacrifices to gods.
Upper East Bawku Samanpiid begins November and December Thanksgiving sacrifices and merry-making.
Upper East Various villages in Paga, Navrongo, Chiana and Kayoro areas Fao begins Ongoing between November and February, but mostly in January. Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Stalks of millet are displayed as a sign of sacrifice and thanks.
Upper West Lawra Sabre 09 November Dance festival.
Upper West Lawra Kobina (or Kobine) Usually first week in October, but may be as late as 15 November Post-harvest celebration to acknowledge the gods. Dance groups compete and 'best dancer' and 'best community group' are awarded prizes
Upper West Nandom Kakube begins Last week in November through the first week in December This festival is celebrated to thank family gods and ask them to bless the soil, protect the people during the farming seasons.
Volta Anloga, near Keta Hogbetsotso First Saturday in November Grand procession of chiefs to commemorate the exodus of the Anlo-Ewes from Northern Togo to their present location in the south eastern wetlands of Ghana. Grand procession of chiefs with drumming, dancing and singing.
Volta Agbozume Keta Sometutuza Third Saturday in November Grand procession of chiefs. Some is noted for kente weaving.
Volta Dofor Adidome, near Juapong in North Tongu district Ayimagonu A Saturday in November Much pagentry, grand procession of chiefs riding palanquins amidst drumming, dancing and singing of war songs.
Volta Ve traditional area Dodoleglime November Dodoleglime, which in Ewe literally means coming out of thewall, marks the escape of the people from the tyrannical rule of Togbe Agorkoli of Notsie in the 17th century.
Volta Wegbe Kpalime Kpalikpakpa November -
Volta Vane Amu Last week of November to December Rice harvest festival and commemoration of the victory that secured their current homeland. Drumming, dancing and singing.
Volta Rotates between Hohoe and Peki Gbidukor November or early December Huge celebration with chiefs carried on palanquins. A time to commemorate the ancestors of the Gbi-Ewes. Thousands of people attend.
Volta Kpeve, Tsohor and Klikor in the Adaklu district Zendo Glimetotoza November Grand procession of chiefs to commemorate the exodus from Northern Togo. War dances, songs and drums with grand procession of area chiefs.
Volta Wli Falls Agumatsa Waterfalls Late November Drumming, dancing and colorful costumes.
Western Supomu, Shama Inkronu November -

December

Region Location Festival Date Description
Throughout Ghana National Holiday Farmer's Day First Friday in December Celebrate the farmer who feeds Ghana.
Throughout Ghana National Holiday Christmas, Boxing Day
New Year Eve and Day
24 December through 03 January Christmas is a time of great merry-making. Things slow to a crawl, or even shut down completely during this time
Ashanti Kumasi Akwasiade 2014: 07 Dec
2015: 20 Dec
2017: 03 Dec
Celebrated every 6 weeks, the public durbar of chiefs is an exciting and colorful event.
Ashanti Essumeja, at a site in the Asantemanso forest Nkyidwo Last Monday in November through first Monday in December Ritual and procession of chiefs on Saturday. Commemorates the origin of the Ashantis.
Brong Ahafo Dormaa, Berekum, Nsoatre Kwafie ends A week-long celebration in November and December Purification ceremonies with large bonfires, commemorating the Dormaa ancestors who brought fire to Ghana.
Brong Ahafo Wenchi Apoo December Dispel evil and please the ancestors to ensure good crops.
Brong Ahafo Kukuom Addae Tuntum begins December -
Brong Ahafo Ayomso Addae Kesee begins December -
Eastern Akuapem Ridge: Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim, Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase. Akuapem Odwira continues While most of these ceremonies take place in September and October, some are from that time until January Ceremonies moving throughout the villages along the Akuapem Ridge. Beautiful processions of chiefs and people will climax the festival in each village.
Upper East Various villages in Paga, Navrongo, Chiana and Kayoro areas Fao continues Ongoing between November and February, but mostly in January. Thanksgiving harvest festivals. Stalks of millet are displayed as a sign of sacrifice and thanks.
Upper East Bawku Samanpiid ends November and December Thanksgiving sacrifices and merry-making.
Upper East Sandema, in Builsa area Feok  (or Fiok) December Commemorates victory over the slave raider Babatu. War dances in various communities with grand procession of chiefs at climax. Traditional headgear is topped with enormous antlers.
Upper West Nandom Kakube ends Last week in November through the first week in December This festival is celebrated to thank family gods and ask them to bless the soil, protect the people during the farming seasons.
Volta Anfoaga Yam festivals December Celebrate yam harvest with grand procession of chiefs.
Volta Rotates between Hohoe and Peki Gbidukor November or early December Huge celebration with chiefs carried on palanquins. A time to commemorate the ancestors of the Gbi-Ewes. Thousands of people attend.

This information is compiled from the Ghana Tourism Authority, the Bradt travel guide to Ghana, the "Official Tourist Guide of Ghana" by Talk5, Ltd. of Accra, and other sources both published and personal.

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