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Homowo is a festival celebrated by Ga people of Ghana. The festival starts in the month of May with the planting of crops before the rainy season starts. During the festival, they perform a dance called Kpanlogo. The Ga people celebrate Homowo in the remembrance of the famine that once happened in their history in precolonial Ghana.
The word homowo (Homo - hunger, wo - hoot) can mean to hoot or jeer at hunger. It is in the Ga language.  The tradition of Homowo started with a period of hunger leading to famine due to failure of the seasonal rains needed by crops in the Greater Accra Region, where the Ga people predominantly dwell. When the rains returned to normal, the Ga people celebrated by creating the Homowo festival hence it name and meaning. Homowo is greatly celebrated in all the towns in the Ga state with celebrations climaxing in Gamashie, Celebration includes marching down roads and streets beating drums, chanting, face painting, singing and traditional dances. On this day there is usually a lot of traffic and roads are usually blocked off to accommodate the festival. Even though it is a Ga tradition, many other ethnic groups are welcomed and also join to celebrate.During this time there is no noise making because it is believed that the noise would hinder the maturity of the crops.
- The library of congress's article on Homowo. Retrieved 08 September 07
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