An Easter Carnival like no other in memory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; Kwahu lies within the Southern District of the Eastern Region of Ghana and Easter means essentially everything to indigenes including hundreds of foreign tourists who throng the Kwahu Hills to appreciate its panoramic and aesthetic beauty.
The annual Easter celebration begins on the eve of Good Friday through to Monday where events such as Jamboree, Paragliding and pockets of street jams become a regular feature.
This year, the Police say the numbers have swollen probably in their thousands nudging the National security set-up to beef up security to render an accident-free Easter this season.
Although, minimal rate of vehicular accidents have been recorded, many woke up on Saturday to the shock of a gory motor accident involving 3 local revellers heading to Kwahu from Akyem Nkroso who reportedly died on the spot.
That however did not dishearten the hordes of locals and International tourists who were bent on marking Easter on a memorable note.
Paragliding is a recreational and adventurous sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircrafts with no rigid primary structure. It is manned by a pilot who sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing while moving freely in the air.
The Ghana Tourism Authority, organizers of the Paragliding Festival have dubbed this year’s event as “Heritage FunNFly” which kick-started on the Odweanoma Mountain, Atibie Kwahu from April 19 to 22, 2019.
This year’s event is in its 14th edition featuring professional pilots from Peru, USA and Japan among other experienced local pilots.
Authorities indicate that close to 300 tourists have already flown atop the Kwahu Ridge but the number is expected to rise by Monday.
- Carnivals & Street Jams
Nightlife during the Easter festivities can be jam-packed with loads of activities with many Street corners and pubs turned into Jamboree and a scene of feverish excitement.
The nights of Easter are filled with music blurring out in the air in areas particularly Abetifi, Obomeng, Mpreaso and Obo.
Reports gathered from these locations indicate that many of the local tourists engage in various fun filled activities like dancing competition and music shows for underground artistes as part of the merriment.
It is in the wake of these outdoor events that the Ghana Aids Commission partnered with local NGO’s to distribute some 30,000 condoms to encourage protected sex among the youth at the start of the festival.
- The Churches for Purification
In the heart of where revellers enjoy the Easter celebration are the local churches in Kwahu. Both Catholic and Charismatic churches provide avenue for the youth to take part in its religious events and this Sunday was no exception.
Thousands of tourists attended Mass at the Kwahu Catholic Church, climaxing the entire festive season for all who visited to have fun and partake in a spiritual exercise.
By: William Boateng