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Women displaying the cultural dance Agbadza, an Ewe music and dance that evolved from the times of war into a very popular recreational dance.

Time of Year: November
Area: Volta

Hogbetsotso Festival is a celebration held by the Anlo people in Ghana’s Volta Region. This festival’s theme commemorates their migration from their former home in Togo to their current residence in Ghana.  

The event provides a terrific opportunity for people to get together, settle differences, and celebrate a significant period in their history. Prior their moving to their current village, according to history. King Agorkoli of Notsie, who ruled over the Anlo tribe somewhere south of modern-day Sudan, was a harsh and evil tyrant. 

The Anlo people came up with a plan to leave the town. They were headed by the Red Hunter, a valiant warrior. The Anlo women were instructed to pour water on one side of the mud wall whenever they needed to dispose of any water because the town where they lived was caged in by one. The area became softer as a result, and the people were free to scale the wall and flee.  

They “walked backwards” to mislead their pursuers in order to escape being discovered, and according to folklore, “The Red Hunter” changed into a rat and walked over all of their footsteps in order to make them appear old. They established the festival Hogbetstso (Festival of Exodus) to commemorate this occasion once they arrived at their current location.  

Numerous other celebrations are connected to the occasion. There is a time when peace is being made. All pending disputes must be handled during this time. The goal is to unite the populace so that they can coexist peacefully.