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Ga Traditional Council announces 2023 Homowo Festival Ban on Drumming and Noise-making

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The Ga Traditional Council has declared the 2023 ban on drumming and noise-making, a traditional practice that occurs annually before the celebration of the Homowo Festival, which is locally referred to as “Odadaa.” The ban will begin on Monday, May 15, 2023, and will continue for over a month until Thursday, June 15, 2023. During this period, silence and tranquility are expected to prevail following the ritual planting of crops.

The ban will have an impact on all forms of noise-making, including the use of loudspeakers, drums, tambourines, clapping of hands, funeral rites, and roadside evangelism. In a press briefing, the Public Relations Officer of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Lartey Anum Tetteh, representing the Ga Mantse, urged the public to respect public order directives and comply with the guidelines established for the month-long period.

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To ensure full compliance with the directive, the council has established specific guidelines. The traditional form of worship during the ban should be confined to the premises of churches/mosques, and noise levels should be kept to the minimum. Religious bodies and Traditional Authorities must show mutual respect and restrain their followers from making derogatory and inflammatory remarks about one another’s beliefs and practices.

The positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques, and pubs is prohibited. Roadside evangelists are also not permitted to engage in their activities during this period. Apart from an identifiable task force, which consists of AMA personnel, the Police Service, and representatives from the Traditional Councils with tags, no other person or group of persons should enforce the abatement of noise in the metropolis.

It is important to note that the ban affects all villages and towns under the Osu, Ngleshie Alata, and Ga Traditional Councils. Residents are, therefore, advised to adhere strictly to the guidelines and observe silence and tranquility during the period of the ban.

In conclusion, the Ga Traditional Council is calling for the cooperation of all residents to ensure a successful and peaceful 2023 Homowo Festival celebration. Let us all respect the cultural values and traditions of our ancestors while embracing the modern world.

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