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Visiting Ghana and Nigeria during Yam

Posted on June 1, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Yam festival is an African festival held in the month of August or September i.e. during the end of monsoon. Yam festival is primarily a festival of Nigeria and Ghana. The natives Nigeria and Ghana also often refer this festival as Iriji and Homowo respectively.

In Ghana, Yam festival is celebrated in a number of rural areas. If you visit a village of Ghana during Yam, you will find women digging up yams and carrying them home. You will come across women with baskets filled with yams on their head lined up across the village roads. Everyone wants to be the part of a family yielding the highest amount of crops. The responsibility of preparing the feast belongs to the young girls and women of the village. On the other hand, the best yams are carried by a little boy when inner time comes; behind him goes another boy beating a cask or drum.

The celebration of Yam festival in Nigeria is a bit different. The first day of the festival starts with altar honoring the ancestors, Ihejioku, the god of yam and Ala, the god of earth. After that, men go out for digging up yam. After bringing the yams to home, men offer them to God and their ancestors. The offerings also include a chicken and a few white chalks. The chicken offered to the ancestors is meant for slaughter, whereas the white chalk is the symbol of wellbeing and purity. Second day of yam in Nigeria sees villagers gathering for watching wrestling contests among village men. This is followed by hefty feats that include eating and drinking.

If you are thinking of visiting Ghana or Nigeria during this year’s Yam, you must gather enough information about the schedule of 2011 Yam before planning your tour.

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