Most festivals in Ghana are for purification, thanksgiving, dedication and reunion. They are also considered symbolically as maintaining the link between the living and the dead. It is dedicated to the honor of the spirits of the ancestors believed to be a guiding force in all human activities.
Some of the most popular festivals are:
Adaekese: Celebrated by the people of Ashanti.
Akwambo: Celebrated by the Fantes of Agona and Gomoa.
Odwira: An Akan festival celebrated by the Ashantis and Akuapim.
Homowo: Celebrated by the Ga people of Accra.
Hogbetsotso: Celebrated by the Ewe people of Anlo.
Damba: Celebrated by the poeple of the Northern and Upper Regions of Ghana.
Bugum: Celebrated by the Dagombas of the Northern Region.
Kwafie: Celebrated by the Dormaa in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Aboakyere: Effutu people of Winneba.
Oguaa Fetu Afahye: Celebrated by the people of Cape Coast.
The Asanteman Association in New York City
The Asanteman Association in New York City is one of the major Ghanaian associations in the New York City area, with the goal of promoting the welfare of the Ghanaian immigrants.
Founded in 1982, the Association aims to bring back the glory of the Asante Kingdom, its culture and traditions. The Association's activities are aimed at helping immigrant Ghanaians, especially the newcomers, to adjust to new surroundings. The installation practices and other sociocultural activities are designed to promote ethnic unity among the Ghanaians.