Homowo ends in Ga Mashie

By Michael Abayateye

The Chiefs and people of Ga Mashie in the Greater Accra region on Saturday ended the Homowo festival celebrations with the sprinkling of "Kpokploe", traditional food of the Gas. 

Homowo which means “hooting at "hunger” saw hundreds of people in Ga Mashie hit the streets of the capital to celebrate in grand style. 

The young and old joined the celebrations which were characterized by several activities including pouring of libation, celebratory firing of gunshots, singing and dancing. 

The festival is usually preceded by a month long ban on noise making and drumming in the capital city, Accra.

It begins with the sowing of millet by the traditional priests in May every year. Homowo recounts the migration of the Ga's and reveals their agricultural success in their new settlement.

According to Ga oral tradition, a severe famine broke out among the people during their migration to present day Accra.

They were inspired by the famine to embark on massive food production exercises which eventually yielded them bumper harvests. Their hunger ended and with great joy, they “hooted at hunger.”

The people of La and Teshie are also preparing feverishly for their Homowo which is scheduled for next weekend. 

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