Celebrating Teshie

Last weekend a group of us traveled down to the Accra Region for the annual Festival in Teshie. I asked about ten people what the festival was celebrating and although the all gave me a different answer, I still have not a clue what exactly it was, though I think it had something to do with agriculture.

Villages from all over the area come to represent their community with different colors. They held flags  and ran in a parade, and cross dressed. Yes, I said it, they dressed up like the opposite gender. Some of them really got into character and walked around promoting their femininity.


I met a group of children while watching the parade. It happens often that I will be standing somewhere in public or at some sort of social event and a child will just come up and grab  me by the hand. Just stand next to me holding my hand like I know them. Sometimes the small ones will put their arms up gesturing for me to pick them up. And I do.  The children I met on this particular day wanted me to join in the parade run. When I said no, one of the little girls asked if it was because I didn’t know how to run.

I explained that my running legs worked just fine, and then at the sound of that, all four children dragged me into the parade crowd. I clearly did not have a choice in the matter.

After we held hands running down the street without a care in the world, they took me to their favorite place: The ice cream shack. They looked at me and asked me to buy them ice cream like they knew I would say yes, which I did. I know, I am such a pushover.

And then I taught them the macarena because it was the obvious next step in my strangely wonderful day. I have a video of it, but am having trouble getting it to upload.

I smile  here at how much people love Obama. When I told one person I was from the US, they said, “Oh, you from Obamaland.”

Below is a good variety of what I saw at the festival. It reminded me a little bit of Burning Man. I have decided that I will devote an entire post to the similarities between life in Ghana an Burning Man, so look for it in coming posts. :)

So that was my day at the Teshie Festival, celebrating, well, something. :) Please feel free to leave comments with questions or requests for other topics! Good day from Ghana. xoxo


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  1. Jennifer Berkley Jackson says:

    I just found out about this great blog you are keeping…awesome! Really enjoying getting a world view via your experiences…love the ‘Obamaland’ comments! So glad that your experiences have been mostly positive so far…as for me, I think I would have freaked out a bit at three strange rastas approaching me in a strange country, but you turned it into an adventure…that’s Sy!
    (your Mom’s ‘old’ ZM friend…)

  2. Aron Heintz says:

    Yes, please do give more similarities between Ghana and burning man. Part of the reason I’m thinking about going to Ghana is: I want to live in a place where there is cultural permission for diverse freedom of expression. That picture of you and the girls is too cute!

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