In Accra, the capital of Ghana, tourists and other Ghanaians have joined the Ga people celebrating the Homowo Festival.
In Accra, the capital of Ghana, tourists and other Ghanaians have joined the Ga people celebrating the Homowo Festival. Homowo means "laughter and hunger" and this year's festival began at the Korle Lagoon with a ceremony to lift the ban on fishing. The Chief Fetish Priest of the Gas in Accra, the Nai Wulomo made the traditional offering at the Lagoon.
Twins are believed in Ghana to have special powers and in the Ayalolo district of the city, on Friday (24 August) a procession of twins, made its way to a shrine on the banks of the lagoon. They brought offerings of herbs, money and yam peels for their gods. The heads of families then prayed for a good harvest.
The climax of the festival came on Saturday when the chiefs sprinkled a traditional festive food Kpekpoi in the streets, as an offering to their ancestors. The food had been prepared earlier in the day at ancestral groves in the city by the women.
As well as celebrating and feasting, the gas pray for long life and prosperity during the festival. The occasion is also the traditional time to settle personal and family disputes.