Holiday Calendar for Ghana
What should everyone know about Ghana? First of all this country should be a favorite among chocolate lovers because it produces the second most cocoa beans in the world. Also it was ranked as the most peaceful and the least corrupted Africa’s country. Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence in 1957. The country is known as being home to thousands of poisonous snakes, over 650 butterfly species, many football largest talents and Cofi Annan. Yes, this prominent man is Ghanaian. Most of citizens of the country speak fluent English (one of the official languages in Ghana), tolerate others from different religions and have almost completely got rid of terrible barbaric practices such as witchcraft accusations against women.
In Ghana there is the largest market in West Africa called Kejetia (located in Kumasi, the Ashanti region’s capital) which, along with National Parks and lovely beaches, are popular tourist attractions. So, Ghana has a large number of achievements to celebrate and many cultural and historical events to commemorate.
The list of Statutory Public Holidays, observances and notable events in Ghana for 2019-2020 year
Friday 6 December
- Farmer's Day in Ghana (Date for 2019; celebrated on the first Friday in December)
Thursday 26 December
- Boxing day (Australia, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica)
Friday 6 March
- Independence Day in Ghana (celebrates the independence of Ghana from the UK in 1957)
Monday 23 March
- Engineer's Day in Ghana (23-29 March in 2020. Every last full week of March)
Sunday 10 May
- Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
There are more than 100 celebrations held in Ghana throughout the year. You can always catch at least one Ghana holiday or festival regardless of when you choose to visit the country. Most festivals are built upon long-celebrated practices, and are for honoring religion, ancestors, rites of passage, or harvest.
This "fire" festival is Islamic in origin and is primarily observed in Northern Ghana where the population is mostly Muslim. It is held early in January and and is often celebrated with processions and festive dancing accompanied by lively drumming.
This festival is celebrated by the Elmina people and is observed every first Thursday of the new year. This tradition dates back to the Dutch occupation and is essentially a version of Christmas. Some rituals carried out during this event include fish-catching, drumming and dancing.
Dzawuwu Festival is held in February in the Agave region. It is a thanksgiving event marked by offerings to the gods and traditional dancing, as well as colorful gatherings of chiefs.
This festival is celebrated by the Talensi people (Tong-Zug). This is a pre-harvest event held each year in March. Ghanaians believe it to guarantee rain and a good harvest.
Willa festival is a celebration giving thanks to ancestors. It is held on 27th April at Takpo.
This is an initiation rite celebrating girls becoming women. It is held in April in Krobo Odumase and Somanya towns to the north of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Female tribe members deck themselves out in beautiful beads.
Aboakyir is a deer-hunting festival in Ghana that is popular with the local Winneba people. During this celebration in May, two competing warrior groups prove their bravery and strength by catching a live antelope.
Environmental Film Festival
This event takes place annually in June in Accra. Thousands of movie-goers attended the festival every year. It features documentaries and various other genres with themes always revolving around the environment.
This event marks the start of the new fishing season. It is held in Elmina on the first Tuesday of July and is celebrated with a grand procession that includes offerings, a regatta and attendance by the chiefs, which is topped off with merry-making.
Held every two years in African countries in July/August, Panfest showcases different aspects of pan-African and Ghanaian culture. It is often commemorated with dance, music and drama performances.
Homowo is a Ga harvest celebration. Local people offer festive food to their ancestors and gods before planting crops to secure a successful season. It takes place each May.
This festival is observed during three days in mid-September in the northern regions of Ghana. If you visit it you will likely see pageants and horseback riding displays.
Ghana Garden and Flower Show
The Ghana Garden and Flower Show held in september is designed to help beautify Ghana, enhance its green spaces and make it a pleasant habitat for its citizens while contributing to making Ghana a compelling investment and tourism destination.
Fetu-Afahye features a procession accompanied by drumming and dancing. It commemorates the first encounter of colonial visitors with Ghanaians. The festival is observed by the Oguaa people of the Cape Coast in September.
This historic November event is held in the Volta region. It marks the escape of the Ghana people from the tyrannical rule of invaders during the 17th century.
Hogbetsotso is a colorful fiesta that is held in the town of Hinloga. It is celebrated every first Sunday of November with large gatherings, drumming and dancing.