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ODWIRA 2022: Adae Celebration and Adae Butuw of the Akuapem Traditional Area set for 3rd August

Just as the people of many countries hold different festivals to commemorate wars, victories, anniversaries, unions and confederacies, the same can be said for the people of the Akuapem Traditional area.

Some of such festivals are ‘Adae’, Odwira, Ohum and ‘Odehuro.

#ADAE‘: It is the festival celebrated on two separate days to mark periodic visits to the sacred stool house (nkonguafi) for the performance of the ‘Adae’ rites of offering drinks and food to the sacred stools, while the chief and his elders offer prayers to request long life, prosperity, knowledge and good health for the chiefs, elders and the people of the area.

The two days on which the festival is celebrated are Sunday and Wednesday. We therefore have:

a. #Akwasidae celebrated on the Sundays marked on the Akan annual calendar, as well as

b. #Awukudae celebrated on the Wednesdays marked on the calendar.

Every Awukudae falls two weeks and three days after an Akwasidae while every Akwasidae falls two weeks and four days after Awukudae. The Friday that is ten clear days before an Akwasidae is known as Fida Fofie.

The Tuesday that comes nine days before an Awukudae is known as Kwabena. The Saturday preceding an Akwasidae is known as Memeneda

Dapaa, while the Tuesday before an Awukudae is known as Benada Dapaa.

Every evening preceding an adae is marked by drumming to announce that the following day is an adae. The exercise is known as #Dapaatu.

Early the next morning, which is the adae moment in the morning; the drumming commences again. informing the elders to the palace to greet the chief; to show hit supet on the Adae day.

The chief in return, offers the elders some drinks. If the chief decides to honour someone by giving him a special position in the palace, or if some guests wish to visit the sacred room, the chief announces the programme. The elders disperse to reassemble at about (3,00 pm) three O’clock in the afternoon when the drums are beaten.

The next day is set aside for updating the elders who live elsewhere, the important issues that cropped up in their absence.

It is therefore compelling for all elders domiciled elsewhere to report for the celebration of every Adae at home.

If someone dies on the day of the Adae, or the day before, it is considered a taboo, since it is viewed as desecration of the Adae. In that case,

the day is not observed and the relatives of the deceased, have to sanctify the sacred stools by the slaughtering of sheep.

In traditional areas where the Odwira Festival is celebrated, the people hold the celebration of the Adae in high esteem

#ADAEBUTUW: It is the observance of a period of retreat from the stool house and the stools. All forms of noise-making activities are banned the drums are not beaten, dirges are not sung, funerals are not held and mourning is also banned. Fun-

making activities of all sorts are also banned. In short, it is a period of showing reverence to the gods and sacred stools by keeping noise levels to the barest minimum.

The period of Adaebutuw is observed from the eighth Awukudae when you have to count six weeks (adaduanan) before celebrating Odwira. If anyone refuses to abide by the regulations governing Adaebutuw, the one is compelled to slaughter a sheep to pacify the gods.

The people also prepare for the celebration of Odwira during the period.

Today is #Dapaa, a day preceding #Adaebutuw and The King, HRM Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo III – Okuapehene invites all to the palace at exactly 6pm as the #odwira2022 proceedings starts tonight

Afehyiapa oo Okuapeman

Afehyiapa Ghanaman

Afe ano ahyia bio

Source: Ofie Tv

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