The Manhyia Palace on Sunday went gay as the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, celebrated the Akwasidae, a secret day on the Asante calendar, with a colourful durbar in Kumasi.
The Asantehene clad in a beautiful kente cloth and also adorned in gold ornaments, arrived at the forecourt of the Palace at about 1330 hours amidst the blowing of traditional horns and “kete” and “fontomfrom” tunes.
Among the dignitaries, who graced the occasion, were Diplomats, Members of Parliament (MPs), Traditional rulers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and people from all walks of life.
As Otumfuo Osei Tutu sat in state a retinue of traditional rulers and other special guests, who were in their traditional dressing, took turns to greet and pay homage to him whiles others also presented gifts and drinks.
Mr Collins Adusei, Registrar of the Kumasi Traditional Council, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the occasion was very symbolic in the history of the Ashanti Kingdom and urged the youth to be abreast of its significance.
He said it promotes unity, social harmony and sense of belongingness amongst the people.