For the past 13 years, Torontoâ€™s Ga-Dangbe community, appropriating Canadaâ€™s multicultural values, has celebrated the Homowo festival to not only show their rich cultural heritage to the rest of other Canadian cultural communities, but also rekindle their culture to their children, most of who were born in Canada and have the potential of not knowing their native culture.
Homowo recounts the migration of the Gas and reveals their agricultural success in their new settlement. According to Ga oral tradition, a severe famine broke out among the people during their migration to present day Accra. They were inspired by the famine to embark on massive food production exercises which eventually yielded them bumper harvest.
Their hunger ended and with great joy they “hooted at hunger” this is the meaning of the word HOMOWO.
BELOW ARE THE PICTURES FROM THIS YEAR’S EVENT.
Courtesy of GhanainToronto.com