Centuries of old traditions of the people of Ghana and the diversity of the distinct ethnic groups have created a rich culture that is the splendid legacy of modern Ghana. To the people of Ghana the traditions of their ancestors are still an important part of their daily life. Traditional chiefs have historical authority over tribal and family matters. They are also custodians of land belonging to their respective clans or groups.
Important events such as child naming, puberty initiations, marriage and death are marked by rites and rituals at family gathering, while seasonal festivals bring a whole people or clan together in spectacular fashion.
A common feature is the belief of life after death and in the nearness of dead ancestors. Festivals also recall past events and consecrate a new season with confidence and hope.
Ghana’s diverse culture is depicted through its many exciting festivals which are held throughout the year. The festivals and the ceremonies reflect the rich diversity of history and culture of tribal life in the regions.
Many festivals include thrilling durbars of chiefs and people when tribal leaders and Queen Mothers ride in decorated palanquins, shaded by traditional umbrellas, and supported by drummers and warriors discharging ancient muskets and cheered by people.
Thousands of people including foreigners from all walks of life travel all over the country to witness the festivals which are celebrated almost every week throughout the year.