THE CULTURE OF THE MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS IN GHANA
Each of Ghana’s major ethnic groups has its own distinct history, habits, and beliefs that contribute to the country’s rich cultural tapestry. The Adae Kese celebration, conducted by the Ashanti every 42 days, is one such ceremony; it commemorates the ancestors and the Ashanti ruler. The Fante, on the other hand, have always been associated with the sea and its bounty, and many of their settlements may be found in coastal areas.
The Ewe are well-known for their musical and dance traditions, which revolve around the use of drums and dance. The Ga-Adangbe have a number of vibrant celebrations, including the Homowo festival, which marks the beginning of the harvest and the conclusion of the farming season. The Dagomba are well-known for their communal spirit and the beauty of their traditional mud-and-thatch construction.
These diverse peoples are united by a reverence for history and a commitment to carrying on long-standing customs and rituals. The importance of family and community is emphasized, and many of these communities place a premium on hospitality and kindness.
Many of these communities combine parts of Islam with Christian and other African religions in their spiritual practices. There are still many people who adhere to traditional beliefs and practices including ancestor worship and the wearing of charms and amulets.
Each of Ghana’s major ethnic groups adds its own distinctive flavor to the country’s rich cultural fabric, yet together they create a lively and dynamic blend of tradition and modernity.