Independence Day in Ghana is an anniversary of an event that not only changed our country Ghana but also changed the world. It is the anniversary of freedom, the freedom for which the forefathers and foremothers fought, and the freedom which Ghanaians now enjoy.

Cocoa farmers are not left out in this celebration since they make Ghana the second largest cocoa producer in the world. The cocoa which farmers work tirelessly to produce and which is enjoyed in chocolate around the world. In rural communities a great durbar is organised and all members in the villages march through the streets. The marchers includes school children in their uniforms and carrying Ghanaian flags. Farmers also carry some of the crops that they produce as they march. Chiefs and leaders in the community grace the occasion with their colourful traditional dress.

In the cities, the annual celebration is characterised by street parties, parades by security personnel and school children at the Independence Square. The president takes the salute and delivers a speech on behalf of the government. There are also live musical stage performances and cultural displays by traditional dance groups to mark the day.

Ghanaian customs and traditions are predominately inclined towards ancient kingdoms of the Akans and Ghana is home to diverse multi-cultural societies. Women wear traditional dresses in traditional cloth like Kente which is hand woven into different patterns.

Ghana will commemorate its 58th anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule this year. The 2014 theme for the Independence Day celebration was “Building a better and prosperous Ghana through patriotism and national unity”.

The president of Ghana advised Ghanaians to come together and support the government to build the nation. He also addressed a parade at the Black Star Square in Accra whilst similar parades were held in all regional capitals and districts across the country.

Ghanaians hold the celebration of Independence Day in high esteem and cherish the occasion.