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Akwasidae Festival- What, Why and How?

Festivals are occasions for re-union, remembrance and merry-making. Festivals are also used to remember the dead through organized rituals and mourning. The rituals are performed by social groups under clan heads. The heads are contact the dead to invoke their blessings for the people.
Well today happens to be one, the Akwasidae. 

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II sits in state with the Golden Stool 
The Akwasidae Festival is held among the Akans compromising of the Asante, Senkyire,  Akyem, Kwahu etc ethnic groups every 6 weeks to honour the King and the ancestors All Asantes, far and near participate in this cultural festival. Akwasidae, according to the Asante cultural archive records is an ornate ceremony which commemorates the date that the Asante Golden Stool was magically brought down from heaven.

The Adae festival showcases a continuous demonstration of faith in the vision and heritage of the Asante Kingdom. The Kingdom has been in existenve since the introduction of the Golden Stool in 1700.

The Adae Festival has two celebration days: the Akwasidae Festival is celebrated on the final Sunday of the period, while the Awukudae Festival is celebrated on a Wednesday within the period. The Friday which marks 10 days to the Akwasidae is called the Fofie (meaning a ritual Friday).
Gird yourselves with sackcloth, And lament, O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the libation Are withheld from the house of your God. Joel 1:13
The festival is always held on Sundays. It reoccurs every 42 days in accordance with the official Calendar of Ashanti. During the last Akwasidae of the year, the Adae Kese Festival, food offerings and donations are made to help the needy. The elements of the festival hasn't seen much change since the days of old. 

The Akan annual calendar is divided into nine parts, each lasting approximately six weeks but varying between 40–42 days in a period.

Pictorial representation of Okomfo Ano Kye commanding the Golden Stool from the Heavens 
Solemn private observances are performed at the King’s palace by members of the royal family and other functionaries. It includes rituals, aimed at cleansing the spirit of the incumbent King and the presentation of ceremonial sacrificial meal (Esq.) and drinks to ancestral spirits. Their blessing and protection guide the kingdom to prosperity.

The public celebrations take the form of a colourful durbar of chiefs and queen mothers presided over by the Asantehene. It involves the open display of cherished regalia and paraphernalia accompanied by traditional drumming and dancing as well as firing of musketry amidst pomp and pageantry.

Like the Western and Eastern mythology, Sunday is also referred amongst the Asantes. Also acts like libation pouring and animal sacrifice is common here, a practice from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. The Holy Ghosts also come to dine after being called on. Like most religious mythology too, this Akan practice takes it's basis from the Sun (Awia) and it's movements across the constellations. 
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