By: KALD|MyKuulFMonline| September 11, 2017
Several hundreds of indigenes and residents of the Asogli in the Ho municipality of the Volta region last Friday poured onto the streets of the regional capital to participated in the annual ‘Yam Hailing activity, known in the Ewe language as ‘Teyuyru.’
The Yam hailing which is one of the major traditional rites performed as part of the Asogli state Yam festival celebrations every year signifies outdooring and lifting of the traditional ban on the consumption of the new yam particularly by the chiefs and queen mothers of the traditional area.
The ceremony, commenced at the Ho central Market with prayers led by Asogli elders thank the gods and ancestors for a bumper harvest. Similar prayers are said in five traditional divisions of Ho, namely, Bankoe, Dome, Hliha, Ahoe and Heve.
Adorned in traditional war regalia (Adewu), the elders led the many patrons including revelers in a procession through the principal streets of Ho amidst drumming, dancing and funfair.
Hundreds of Asogli State natives and revelers participated in this year’s New Yam Hailing Carnival through the principal streets of the Volta regional capital, Ho.
The ceremony, which is one of the biggest outdoor events ahead of the grand durbar on Saturday September, 16, also saw various alcoholic beverage companies distributing sachet packs of their brands of bitters to patrons throughout the street float.
A team of military and police personnel were at hand to ensure law and order during the float; that notwithstanding, there were reported incidences of mobile phone snatching.
Some patrons shared their excitements with the MyKuulFMOnline.com, as they look forward to the climax of the festival.
“The organizers are doing well, I have participated in this festival year after year and things keep improving but I think they can do better. There was less publicity on this year’s festival in particular and that should be corrected next year,” Eric Kudjoe, a reveler said.
The 2017 Asogli State Yam festival is on the theme, ‘The role of tradition and culture in Governance and Development.’
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