It is a well-established fact that Ghanaians enjoy their public holidays due to the freedom that comes with it.
Among all the public holidays on the calendar, Independence Day is that one that has a lot of meaning to many Ghanaians because of the strong history it reminds us of.
The struggle for independence by our forebears was one which was long and hard but with its realization and the freedom that came with it as a nation, many Ghanaians relive our independence day in so many unique ways.
It is without a shred of doubt that the nostalgia that comes with 6th March every year builds up from the very beginning of the month and lingers on till the very last day of the month of March.
Today, YEN.com.gh brings you 4 exciting things about 6th March that keeps us awake all night.
1. Public Holiday
Every 6th March is declared a public holiday where workers and students alike are made to take the day off to mark our Independence Day. Public holidays in Ghana are often marked by beach outings, family gatherings and general merry-making.
Many people anticipate the day since it is a typical, 'No work day'.
For students, the holiday extends to the next day making it a true definition of freedom from school work.
2. Colorful ‘Ghana-themed’ paraphernalia
6th March in Ghana is marked by display of the colors of the flag. Many people hoist the Ghana flag in their homes and dress in the Ghana flag’s colors of red, gold, green and black.
The streets of major towns in the country are littered with flags and memorabilia of our Independence Day celebration as a sign of patriotism and love for the nation.
The celebration that fills the atmosphere is enough to keep you awake all night.
3. Independence Day Parade
Independence Day in Ghana is not complete without the popular parade which is held at the Independence Square in Accra.
The security personnel show off their arsenal to the amazement of the crowd who gather at the parade grounds and to those who are watching from the comfort of their homes.
School children and many government institutions also showcase their marching skills for honors. Many students cannot wait just to show off their skills on the parade grounds and to make themselves, their school and the nation proud.
4. Communal Labor and the spirit of independence
Due to the fact that every 6th March is a public holiday, many communities use it as an opportunity to come together for communal labor. General clean-up exercises are organized which are followed by fun games and lots to eat and drink.
Some people also use the day to organize inter-community games where talents are showcased and the best communities walk away with trophies and other goodies.
Some people also use the period to show love to the less-privileged in the society by embarking on donation visits to prisons, orphanages and hospitals.
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