Big crowds in the streets of Accra have been watching and joining in the traditional Homowo Festival this weekend (23 and 24 August).
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Background: Big crowds in the streets of Accra have been watching and joining in the traditional Homowo Festival this weekend (23 and 24 August). It's a time for family reunions, with the chiefs and elders of the clans parading through the street sprinkling traditional food as an offering to their ancestors.
Families which have twins among their children have a tradition all their own. During the Twin Festival, the children proceed in pairs to local shrines carrying gifts and offerings. The twins are believed to possess special powers, and their gifts are received by a priestess and prayers said for family ancestors.
SYNOPSIS: For Ghanaians, this past weekend has been a time of togetherness, a time for family reunions. On Friday, the emphasis was on families with twins among their children. The youngsters paraded, dressed alike, carrying offerings through the streets of Accra.
At the climax of the Twins Festival, the youngsters present their offerings to a priestess. It's a tradition that the offerings should include yam peel, herbs and money. The Priestess makes the offering by inverting the bowl and stamping on it three times. Prayers are offered ...then bystanders stampede for the money in the offering.
The Homowo Festival on Saturday marks the end of the festivities. Clan chieftains and elders parade through the streets, and ceremonial food is sprinkled as a further offering to family ancestors. Where a family has gathered together for the festival, they traditionally eat from the same plate or bowl as a symbol of their reunion.