Akwasidae Festival Experience
Ashanti culture centers on ancestral worship, and so once a month (every 42 days) it is customary to come in contact with the ancestors to give them thanks for their protection. The festival begins on Friday, and many parts are not open to the public.
The next day, Saturday rituals are performed, but not in public. The climax, which is Sunday, is open to the public and is called Akwasidae. The celebration on these days involves purification of the black ancestral stools in the stool's room at the King's Palace, which only a few people are allowed to observe. These stools are hand carved chairs for past kings. At the King's death, his stool is blackened and kept in the stool's room.
A main component of the ritual is the golden stool. The golden stool is the symbol of the Ashanti unity, and it is believed that the golden stool contains the spirit of all Ashanti both dead and living. This is an occasion to pay homage to the Ashantihene.
On Akwasidae, which is celebrated every forty days, you will see the Asantehene who is the King of Ashanti.
You will participate in Akwasidae Festival at the court of the King's Palace. The Akwasidea festival is celebrated every six weeks in the Kingdom. It is a colourful festival that you should not miss. Drumming and dancing are on the menu. Today you will experience the Ashanti culture at its peak. The King sits in state, dresses with pure gold from head to toe, and people come to pay him homage.
This tour is designed to promote cultural interaction with the local people. Before you start your trip you will be given the travellerss code of conduct so that you will know how to behave at a particular destination. Please respect local culture and ask permission from your tour guide before you do anything.
For your lunch the guide will lead you to restaurant to enjoy yourself during the trip.
Dinner will be at the hotels where you will be lodging.
Price or quote for one is based on single occupancy. The rest of the group will sleep in double occupancy rooms.
Family accommodation rates are available upon request, based on a couple and two ( 2 ) children. The children's ages should be between 0 to 12 years old. Inquire about extra bed in the room; rates are also available upon request.
Bigger groups: We also can organize this trip for larger groups upon request.
Included in the price:
- Entrance fees
- Local tour guide
- Transportation in a taxi
Excluded in the price:
- Flight Cost
- Telephone cost
- Personal expenses
- Immigration and custom fees
- Cost of passport and visa
- Lunch or dinner
A valid passport is needed. Passport must be valid for six months after the schedule return date of trip
Yellow fever and malaria vaccination certification is required by all travelers.
Travellers with special needs must advise M & J Travel and Tours at the time of booking this trip.
Children under 18 years get a 50% discount on the adult rate, provided that there are at least two full-paying adults on the trip, or one adult with two children.
We advise that should you need to cancel, you must notify us on time. However, your cancellation must be in writing by email. It will be effective on the date of receipt of the mail. Cancellation charges, per person, based upon the date of the cancellation, are as follows
90 – 30 days: 20% of tour cost
29 – 10 days: 50% of tour cost
Less than 10 days and no show: 100% of tour cost.