YELLOW food everywhere (kpokpoi/ kpepele) Red palm oil soup RED textile everywhere WHITE clothes of fetish priests Gun shots Chiefs and warriors visiting all family houses carrying a bowl of yellow kpokpoi Leaving some of the food at the family members house and taking some of the families food with them Throwing the food on the floor for the ancestors of the house (+food on top of the white shrines) SHARING The preparing of kpepele and palm nut soup in almost every home Also alcohol was very present Poured as libation (spirits) And as drink during the celebration: STAR BEER. commercial interest here! How did Star beer enter Jamestown?? Drinking of alcohol has no gender or age element (in terms of elderly people)- grandmas drunk the beer as much as the youth Tents with small group of people under it everywhere on the streets A lot of huge SPEAKERS all over town with loud noise from one set of speakers blending into an equally noise sound from the next. The atmosphere of play and joy with dancing (an old lady pulling Evi aside to dance with her), outpour of people in the streets, music and consumption of alcohol (predominantly STAR) A bit on the history of Homowo as told by Genius Nii Kwartelai Ga Homowo = the getting together to criticize/praise leaders with songs Famine when the Ga arrived in Ghana (they came from Sudan/Nigeria/Israel) At the time a priest was ruling the Ga’s During the famine the priest asked for rule of silence → time for reflection. Ga need to think about how they will feed themselves They started fishing and growing food Homowo is the celebration to drive hunger away. Shame/hoot to hunger. The throwing of food for people who died during the famine (ancestors) The throwing of alcohol, libation, used to be water (since water is the connection between earth and sky - living and spiritual). Why is water replaced by alcohol?