The ritual dance, associated with the expelling of evil spirits from towns and villages that celebrate the Kundum festival being displayed in a palanquin.
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Area: Western Region
The Coastal Tribes of Ghana’s Western Region celebrate Kundum Festival. Every year between August and November, towns around the country celebrate the four-month event at regular intervals.
The unique feature of this festival is that it moves from town to town. If u miss it this week, you get another opportunity to see it at another place.
Lower Dixcove Kundum Festival – July – August
Axim Kundum Festival – 2nd week of September
Busua Ahanta Kundum Festival – October 1 – November
The ancestral prayers, the stool cleansing, and the traditional Ghanaian drumming and dance are the festival’s key attractions.
There are several legends associated with the festival that is observed by both the Ahantas and the Nzema people of the Western region. According to one school of thinking, a tree in the village of Aboade, whose fruits only ripen once a year, is where the Kundum festival had its start. As a result, the populace decided to begin the celebration with the fruit’s ripening.According to a different narrative, while on a hunting excursion, a hunter from the hamlet spotted dwarfs dancing to the beat of an unfamiliar song. Months of observation led him to learn the dance, which he then taught his folks back home. Thus, the Kundum dance and festival’s beginnings.
Every town celebrates it in a unique way. Each one tries to make their personal celebration special to make it spectacular. One of the few holidays in Ghana that has changed to reflect contemporary culture is kundum. The Kundum festival is a time for the locals and their chiefs to sit down in addition to the customary dancing and eating that it is associated with. Conflict settlement, community development project planning, and the welcoming home of intrepid locals are all included. This is done to instill good moral principles in the populace. Every day of the week has a distinctive holiday. To display their wealth, the locals dress themselves in new footwear and clothing for the celebrations. On a Sunday, the festivities begin with drumming in five various locations on the town’s outskirts. This has the meaning of asking the gods for help in the celebration.