Northern Ghana being the home of numerous ethnic groups and people with diverse traditions and cultural practices, celebrates several ethnic, cultural and religious festivals.
The Damba festival for example is widely observed and celebrated by many major ethnic groups, even though primarily it is the festival of the Mole Dagbon Kingdoms. Same assertion applies to the Bugum festival, where it has been adopted and observed by several tribes of the north.
The Kpini Chugu festival is observed as a harvest offering to the gods. It is observed in the Dagbon, Mamprugu and Nanung traditional areas. Other tribes have similar festivals where the main reason is to thank the gods for good harvest and farming season. For example the Sonyor Deng by the Gonja people in Bole, Kpini-Kyiu & Tenghana Festivals; celebrated by the people of Wa & Tongu, Wilaa Festival celebrated by the people of Takpo as a thanksgiving to God and ancestors for a good harvest and guidance for their farming activities.
Jintigi Fire Festival can be said to have several commonalities with the Bugum Festival of the Mole Dagbon, however there are quiete some differences since the Jintigi Fire Festival is celebrated by the chiefs and people of the Gonjaland. Surprisingly, the stoyline behind the celebration of this festival is similar to the story of the Mole Dagbon.
Almost all the northern ethnic tribes have festivals to commemorate the beginning of farming seasons. For example, the Gwolgu festival of the people of Tongu is celebrated to usher in the new farming season, the Golob festival of the people of Tengzung that marks the beginning of the sowing season and several others.
We are in the month of Damba so let’s try as much to educate and hype the Damba.
This year’s Damba must trend on social media.