The office of the Head of the Civil Service has issued a directive to all Chief Directors and Heads of Departments of the Civil Service to release Civil Servants who hail from the Ga-Dangbe Traditional Area who wish to participate in their respective Homowo festivities.
In a letter dated July 18, 2018, signed by the Head of the Civil Service Nana Agyeman-Dwamena, the Civil Service officially recognizes the celebration of the Homowo festival among members of the Ga-Dangbe Traditional area and therefore grants them leave to enable them to partake in the festivities on specific dates indicated in the letter.
The Homowo is a harvest festival celebrated by the people of the Ga Traditional Area, in the Greater Accra Region. It originated from a period of great famine which was eventually followed by a bumper harvest in grain and fish. Thus, the word “Homowo”, literally means “hooting at hunger”.
The main highlight of this month-long festival is the special dish prepared from ground corn, steamed and mixed with palm oil and eaten with palmnut soup. Prayers for a peaceful and prosperous year are offered. Each Ga chief is followed by a retinue with drumming, dancing and singing through his area where he sprinkles some of the special dish called “kpokpoi” and pours libation. It is merry-making for Gas, and visitors, in particular, are invited home to join in the feasting.