We have put on several Homowo & Twins Festivals in the past in Portland, Oregon. Due to COVID-19 and other factors, we haven't held an event on for some time. We are bringing it back in August of 2022 and need your help. We are looking for donations to help us secure a sizeable venue, cover costs, and ensure a safe, successful, and enjoyable event for all.
What is it?
This harvest festival is celebrated by the Ga people from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.It begins with the sowing of millet by the traditional priests in May. After this, thirty-day ban on drumming is imposed on the land by the priests.
The festival is highlighted at varying times by different quarters of the Ga tribe. The Ga-mashie group of the tribe will celebrate theirs' a little earlier than the La group.
Homowo recounts the migration of the Gas and reveals their agricultural success in their new settlement. According to Ga oral tradition, a severe famine broke out among the people during their migration to present day Accra. They were inspired by the famine to embark on massive food production exercises which eventually yielded them bumper harvest.
Their hunger ended and with great joy they "hooted at hunger" this is the meaning of the word homowo. The festival also celebrates fertility and the blessings of twins. It is referred to traditionally as ‘Yeyeeye’ or ‘Akwele Suma’ and takes place on a specific day when all twins from Ga Mashie (the Ga communities) are dressed in white and paraded around town.
Where is it?
King School Park in Portland, Oregon
When is it?
The festival will take place on Saturday, August 13th, 2022. The schedule and opening time is still TBD.
What can you expect if you attend?
Dancing, drumming, vendors, celebration, ceremony, and more! More details will be coming very soon.
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- Jeff Harvey
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