For holiday fanatics in Ghana, Easter is synonymous with Kwahu. In keeping with the whole resurrection theme, the opportunity to resuscitate one’s social life after the first quarter of the year is taken when Easter comes along. Like the apocalypse, all roads lead to Kwahu for the Kwahu Easter Festival.
Since 2005, Ghana has continued to see Easter for more than its original sanctity thanks to the mountainous nature of Kwahu. What started as just a mere paragliding routine during the Easter holiday has gone on to be an important part of the entire Kwahu Easter festivities. It is remarkable how both locals and foreigners have taken to this festival given that the numbers from each year trump that of the preceding year.
I view this a pretty big boom for Kwahu when I think about the monetary benefits that this face of tourism can bring to Kwahu and Ghana at large.
This is always a golden opportunity for the culture Okwahuman to be put in the spotlight. Each year, what is normally a 4-day festival incorporates an appreciable amount of cultural displays of singing and dancing, and durbars of chiefs. It is particularly pleasing to see a festival other than the Christmas season attract foreigners to Ghana and take them to the little known town of Kwahu. More so, Ghana benefitting from her natural resources is a huge win. Being in Kwahu for the festival also affords all guests the chance to tour the enclave and be enveloped by the greenery that beautifies Kwahu.
All the reportage coming out of this festival tend to sing praises of great organization and planning on a whole, which is why the festival has attained international acclaim quite quickly. Paragliding pilots have signed up to be here from 18th – 22nd April with the view of coming to soar unapologetically and the trend these past few years has been to donate to local development and local flying involvement while they are out there. Other activities during the festival include telescope viewing, hiking, musical concerts and more.
I view this a pretty big boom for Kwahu when I think about the monetary benefits that this face of tourism can bring to Kwahu and Ghana at large. With both local and international interest in Kwahu reaching its peak, it is time to give the Kwahu Easter festival its flowers as a festival that manages to attract a mass following to Kwahu – numbers that trump all other festivals.