Easter 2023: Traditions, Religious Activities, Festivals in Ghana

Easter is an important holiday for Christians all over the world. The reason is that the holiday commemorates one of the Christian faith’s central tenets; Jesus’ death and resurrection. As a result, the Easter celebration in Ghana is usually a grand affair, with each Christian and church groups deciding how they want to honour the special period. Happy Easter holidays, Ghana!

The holiday is celebrated in Ghana, as it is in most parts of the world. However, unlike in the West, where the commercialized aspects of the holiday are absent, the holiday in Ghana is marked by a religious emphasis, with some cultural activities thrown in for good measure.

Palm Sunday – April 2, 2023

This day commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It marks the beginning of the celebrations. Orthodox churches like the Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church make processions of church singing praises to God while waving palm branches and white handkerchiefs.

Good Friday – April 7, 2023

The next major event is Good Friday. It marks the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Every Christian goes to church to commemorate Christ’s death.

On this day, some wear dark mourning clothes to honour Christ’s death. However, other parts of Ghana celebrate the day with joy and triumph because Jesus died for their sins and defeated death. Pentecostals and Charismatic churches usually organize conventions where other branches of the church meet together at an agreed venue to songs about Jesus’ death, pray and listen to sermons about the death of Jesus Christ.

A popular church event organized by the Lighthouse Chapel that is usually attended by many is the Good Friday Service at Ghana’s Black Star Square, Accra.

Holy Saturday – April 8, 2023

This day commemorates the final day of Christ’s death, which is traditionally associated with his triumphant descent into hell. The usually stands for the vigil that Jesus’ disciples held for him outside of his tomb, awaiting his resurrection.

In Ghana, usual church activities continue. The Catholic Church hold a mass at sundown on Saturday. The Orthodox churches attend a church service still remembering and talking about Christ’s death. Pentecostal and Charismatic churches continue with their Easter convention activities.

Easter Sunday – April 9, 2023

The last day of the Easter season is this day. Easter Sunday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is celebrated on this day because it is believed that Jesus was resurrected three days after his burial.

In Ghana, all church groups gather in merry-making, clothed in white to celebrate this day. After church, family and friends meet to feast and have fun, usually at the beach.

Another Side of the Celebrations

There are non-religious individuals and groups who observe the holiday. It is a time for them to spend time with their families and have fun. This is where Easter at Kwahu comes in.

Kwahu ooh Kwahu!

The Kwahu festival with a usual advert mantra, ‘Kwahu ooh Kwahu’, is an annual Easter celebration held in the Kwahu South District of Ghana’s Eastern Region. The event features people from all walks of life gathering at the Kwahu Hills every year to celebrate a three-day-long affair. Like many other Akan tribes, the Kwahu people celebrate Akwasidae, a traditional festival. However, the people of Kwahu best describe the festive celebrations as a homecoming. That’s how the popular mountain festivities season got started.

Among the activities available are paragliding, hiking, carnivals, and street jams with a lot of celebrities and popular personalities in attendance.

What are the Kwahu Easter Dates in 2023?

When is Easter in Ghana in 2023?

The fair will occur from Friday, April 7, to Monday, April 10, 2023. The occasion is always a joy and feast until the season is over.

The Easter holiday this year will occur on Friday, April 7, 2023, to Monday, April 10, 2023.

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