Festivals in the Upper East Region
The Damba festival is celebrated by the Mamprusis. The main venue of the celebration is Bawku and its environs. It is held between the months of July and August. The significance of Damba festival is to makr the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
The Gologo or Golib festival is celebrated by the Telensis who reside at Tenzug. The period of celebration is March/April every year. The significance of the festival is to appeal to the gods for good rains and successful farming seasons. There are no durbars except the performing of a series of rituals climaxed by the public dancing amidst music and general merry-making.
It is celebrated by the Kusasis in the Bawku Traditional Area in November and December every year. Its significance is to give thanks to the gods for good harvest. There are hosts of sacrifices followed by merry-making to climax it.
Boaram is the festival for the Talensis in the Bongo Traditional Area who reside at Bongo. It is held between October and November every year.
Its significance is to give thanks to the gods for a good season. It is characterised by lots of sacrifices to the gods.
It is held at Paga, Chiana, Koyoro in the Paga/Chiana and Koyoro Traditional Areas between November and February. It is a thanksgiving offering for good harvest. During the festival, the people display stalks of their first harvest of millet as a sign of sacrifice and thankfulness to the gods.
This is the annual festival of the people of Sandema in the Builsa Traditional Area. It is a war festival, which marks their victory over the slave raider, Babatu. It is held in December. Various communities celebrate it through the display of war dance. There is also a durbar of the chiefs and people to climax it.
Adaakoya is celebrated at Bolgatanga and Zuarungu by the Gurunsis. It is held between January and February every year. The festival serves to give thanks to the gods for good harvest. The mode of celebration is through various sacrifices followed by drumming and dancing. The climax is a durbar of the chiefs and people.
Kuure is the festival of the people of Zaare who are predominatly blacksmiths. The festival symbolizes the ”Kuure” which is the Gurune word for hoe. The hoe is their main tool for farming and for that matter, livelihood. It is usually held in January/February every year. It is characterised by various sacrifices and later followed by drumming and dancing.
As a thanksgiving offering, the Tengana Festival is held at Balungu, Winkongo and Pwalugu, all in the Tongo Traditional Area. It is one of the festivals for the Telensis. It is climaxed by traditional music and dancing amidst general merry-making.