Ohum Festival: Honouring nature and Akuapem and Akyem ancestors

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Ohum Festival is a traditional celebration observed by the Akuapems and Akyems in Ghana's Eastern Region.

The festival occurs on different days for these communities: for the Akyems, it is celebrated on a Tuesday or Wednesday in September or October, depending on when the Ohumkan festival was held, while the Akuapems celebrate it on a Sunday in December or January.

A two-week ban on noise-making precedes the festival, creating a period of quiet reflection and anticipation.

The Akyems use the festival to express gratitude to their creator for the blessings bestowed upon their land, particularly the Birim River.

They incorporate products from their land and the river into the celebration as symbols, honoring their ancestors who endured hardships to preserve their society.

During the festival, the people reaffirm their commitment to maintaining the strength and prosperity of their kingdom, pledging allegiance to their king, sub-chiefs, and elders, acknowledging their leadership and guidance.

Ohumkyire, a part of the festival, is specifically dedicated to giving thanks to God for the New Yam Harvest and seeking His favor for the coming year.

It is also a time to celebrate the unity and heritage of the Akyem Nation, reflecting on the past while looking forward to a future of continued peace and prosperity.



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