In Ghana's capital, Accra, citizens have been celebrating the annual Homowo Festival. It's a time?
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Background: In Ghana's capital, Accra, citizens have been celebrating the annual Homowo Festival. It's a time of rejoicing, and for making offerings to traditional Gods, and the spirits of ancestors.
Ceremonies began on Friday (18 August) with a traditional parade of twins in the Ayalolo district of the city. In Ghana, twins are believed to have special powers. All twins in Accra moved in procession to a shrine in Ayalolo to offer gifts of food, herbs and money to the Gods, along with prayers for a bumper harvest.
During the procession, many of the twins became "possessed" - and had to be helped along by followers and relatives.
The climax of the Homowo Festival came on Saturday (19 Aug) when local chief moved in procession along chosen streets in the Usher Town part of Accra, springing food in family houses as an offering to the ancestors.
At one point the procession entered the grounds of the Ussher Fort Prison so that homage could be paid to ancestors who are though to have lived in the area before the Fort was built.
The "Homowo" Festival is one of the year's most popular traditional ceremonies in Accra, and the processions are always watched by large crowds of Ghanaians and tourists.