Akwasidae

Akwasidae is an cultural festival celebrated in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The festival honours the Asantehene, King of the Ashanti people and current occupant of the sacred sika 'dwa - golden stool - which is said to embody the Sunsum viz - spirit or soul of the Ashanti people. The legend of the golden stool is at the centre of Ashanti folklore and traditional culture as it is said be the story of the birth of the Ashanti Kingdom. 

Akwasidae takes place on a Sunday, once every six weeks, however special celebrations are held at specific milestones in the history of the Ashanti kingdom. Ashanti chiefs and traditional councils from all over the Ashanti Kingdom as well as the Ashanti diaspora dressed in traditional kente cloth, adorned in ancestral gold and flanked by 'boys' carrying gold durbars and huge parasols come to pay their respects. 

On May 13th 2014 it was the 15th anniversary of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu's coronation and Ashanti chiefs, traditional rulers, politicians and dignitaries from neighbouring African countries descended upon Kumasi to honour the Ashanti king and the golden stool.