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Birthday Celebrations from Ghana

    In Ghana on their birthday children wake up to a special treat called oto. This is a patty made from mashed sweet potato and eggs and fried in palm oil. Later they have a birthday party where they eat stew and rice and a dish known as kelewele, which is fried plantain chunks. These are similar to the banana.

    The children play a very natiev game known as Ampe.

    Although the official language is English there are many tribal languages.

    Each year, Asante people in Ghana celebrate krada which means Soul Day, on the day of the week that they were born. This observance involves a cleansing ritual intended to purify the inner soul. On a person's krada, he or she wakes up early and washes using a special leaf soaked overnight in water. An afternoon feast with family and friends is held in the person's honor, and the celebrant usually dresses in clothing with a white background.

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