is celebrated by the Coastal
tribes of the Western Region of Ghana. The
month long festival is celebrated at weekly intervals from town to town
August and November every year. The main highlights of the festival are
cleansing, the ancestral prayers and the drumming and dancing that
which is celebrated by
both the Ahantas and the Nzema people of the Western region has a lot
behind it. One school of thought has it that, the origins of the Kundum
festival comes from a tree in a village called Aboade whose fruits
once a year. Thus the people adopted the ripening of the fruit to start
celebration. Another legend has it that a hunter from the village was
hunting expedition and he saw dwarfs dancing to the rhythm of a strange
He studied them for months, learnt the dance and came home to teach his
Thus the origin of the Kundum festival and the Kundum dance.
The way it is
celebrated varies from
town to town. Every one of them makes an effort to add some uniqueness
own celebration to make it grand. Kundum is one of the few festivals in
that has evolved with the modern trend of life. Aside the usual dancing
to which it is associated, the Kundum festival is also a time for the
the town and their chiefs to sit down. There is conflict resolution,
of developmental projects for the town, welcoming home of natives who
travelled. This is to instill sound moral values into the people. Each
the week has a unique celebration.
preparing for the festivals by getting new clothes and footwear made
beautiful material to show off what they have. The celebration starts
Sunday with the beating of drums at the outskirts of the town at five
places. The significance of this is to seek the guidance of the gods in
there is a temporary ban on drumming and dancing. The Kundum fire is
lit at the
chief’s palace and this flame is kept burning throughout the week. This
serves as the epicenter of the festival and the main festival meal is
on that fire.
Wednesday is for merry making. There is singing and dancing all over
chief parades the town in his royal palanquin and the people organize
competitions with neighboring towns amidst humor and laughter.
night there is a meal prepared for everyone to feast on in anticipation
final feast on Sunday. The rest of the week is reserved for ritual
and the dancing of the legendary Kundum dance. This dance is very
nature with no fixed rhythm. The people just enjoy themselves and
Kundum is an ancient festival with a modern blend of
style. The final
Sunday is the grand durbar, when the final feast is prepared. The
food, amidst drumming and dancing, no one is left out, ands this is
the people together. The moral of the whole celebration is to make the
bond and be each other’s keeper and all that they do.
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