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THE CALENDAR AND TRADITIONAL HOLIDAYS OF OKYEMAN

Before the advent of the universally adopted CALENDAR of the Europeans, the ancestors of the present day Akyems had their calendar months and important days or traditional holidays. The traditional holidays are celebrated alongside the national holidays of Ghana today.

The calendar months are as follows:

Opepon - January
Kitawonsa - July
Ogyefuo - February
Osanaa - August 
Obenim - March
Ebo - September
Oforisuo - April
 Ahineme - October
Kotonimaa - May
Obubuo - November
Ayewohomobo - June 
Openimaa - December

 

The National or Traditional Holidays of Akyems are as follows:

Akwasidae
Dwoda-Fodwo
Benada Kwabena or Benada Dapaa
Kurudapaawuku or Awukudae
Fiada-Fofie
Memeneda Dapaa.

Here is the way these days are calculated and celebrated. When the first AKWASIDAE comes and is celebrated on Sunday, the following Monday's two weeks is called FODWO. This means 15 days after the celebration of AKWASIDAE is FODWO. In the same process, when AKWASIDAE is celebrated, the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's three weeks is AWUKUDAE. The Tuesday preceding Awukudae is BENADA DAPAA. If you watch carefully, you will realize that ten days after the celebration of FODWO comes AWUKUDAE. Soon after the celebration of Awukudae, the following Friday's week is FOFIE. When FOFIE is celebrated, the following Sunday's week is AKWASIDAE and the Saturday preceding Akwasidae is MEMENEDA DAPAA. These days in capitals are sacred and everybody within the boundaries of Okyeman is required by the traditional Law not to work on farmlands but to observe them as such.

Please note that AKWASIDAE is celebrated nine times in a year. The ninth AKWASIDAE is a great day in OKYEMAN. On this day, the King of Okyeman (OKYENHENE), one of the most powerful and influencial traditional rulers in Ghana, celebrates ODWIRA FESTIVAL. This festival means the purification of the state of Okyeman for prosperity and peace. On such occasion, purification rituals are performed at the stool house (NKONGUAFIESO). Later in the day, Okyenhene rides in a palanquin through the principal streets of the capital of Okyeman (KYEBI). He later sits in state and receives homage from his divisional chiefs as well as guests and visitors.

Authored by Alex Baning, Ex-President of Okyeman Cultural Association of Toronto. Tel.: (416) 720 1215.

 

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