Odwira Festval

There are various days set up to mark the calendar in the course of the year. These are the Awukuadae and the Akwasidae.

On these days the Omanhene and his elders sit in State and plan the development projects of the time, take on issues of the people and reaffirm their commitment to town development in general These days are observed throughout the year and culminate in the Odwira Festival.

 

The Odwira Festival is the main Festival of the Akropong people. This spectacular and colorful ceremony is usually held in September/October. Traditionally the timing coincides with the harvest season when there is abundant food and intended to give praise and thanks to the Ancestors and the Gods. It is a whole weeks celebration with each day’s activity having a distinct significance.

On Monday the path to the Mausoleum is cleared.

 

Tuesday is a ceremony for the outdooring of the new yam to symbolize the abundance of food. (Nana Ayesu Benada). Later that day the Omanhene sits in State and accepts the Odwira brought by the Banmuhene from the Mausoleum.

 

Wednesday is a day of mourning amidst drums and drinking to remember ancestors and members of the family who have departed. The Omanhene goes round the town to console families.

On Thursday food is prepared in all homes and people will typically go to the Omanhene’s and other Subchief s houses to eat the traditional food of “FUFU”. Another traditional dish the “OTO” is prepared with EGGS and YAMS and through a powerful and colorful ceremony, a procession takes the food amidst pomp and pageantry to a specially prepared a SHRINE (NSOREM) for the ancestors. That evening a curfew is imposed. It is believed that the

Ancestors and the Gods come to partake of the feast that night and should not be seen and disturbed.

All these week of activity culminate in a GRAND DURBAR on Friday in pomp and pageantry.

On this day the subchief and people come to pay homage to the Omanhene who sits in State with the Queenmother. Each of them and the whole town are so colorfully and elegantly dressed typically in the traditional KENTE cloth. The Omanhene gives the State of the Union address. With the passage of time Sunday has become the day when the Omanhene and people go to Church to worship and also to organize a fundraising activity in collaboration of the Church for a project that has been earmarked for the year usually of a mutual benefit.