Ga Homowo Ban on noise making begins May 8

The Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayibonte said the Council will deal with any individual or group of persons who will flout its directive.

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The Ga Traditional Council has announced that the ban on drumming and noise making this year will begin from May 8 and end on June 8, 2017.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra on Monday, the Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayibonte said the Council will deal with any individual or group of persons who will flout its directive.

"Any institution that will flout the rules and regulations governing this year’s festival would be dealt with. The General Christian Community and traditional authorities must show respect for one another and restrain their followers from making derogatory statements about the beliefs and practices of another's religion," he said.

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He added that a task force had been constituted to work in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the police to monitor and ensure that people adhere to the directive.

The ban on drumming and noise making is a very significant feature in the activities leading to the celebration of the Homowo Festival by the Ga people.

Fasting and prayers are offered during this period for the peace and development of the Ga-Dangme people and the country as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, has warned of any form of social gathering during the period.

He said: “Worshipping should be confined to church premises; noise including hand clapping must cease. The positioning of loudspeakers outside church premises and the mosques are also banned during the period.”

The celebration of this year’s Homowo Festival would begin on August 12.

The first to celebrate the Homowo is the people of Nungua, followed by Lante Dzane We and then the people of Tema.

Homowo which means ‘’hooting at hunger’’ is celebrated in remembrance of the famine that once happened in the history of the Ga people.

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