The flagbearer of the largest opposition political party National Democratic Congress for the just ended 2020 general elections, John Dramani Mahama yesterday, August 19th was at the North East region to thank the Mamprugu people for their undying support for the National Democratic Congress in the elections.
At the palace of the overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, John Dramani Mahama was made to wash his hands in 'the bowl of Holy Water' before meeting the Chief, Naa Bohigu Abdullai Mahami Sheriga.
Many Ghanaians and social media users questioned the rationale behind the gesture and in this article, we seek to explain traditionally why the former president would have to wash his hands before greeting the Chief.
Washing hands in the bowl of holy water is a long held tradition of the people of North East which is often observed during the Bugum or fire festival. It is a significant feature in the fire festival and fortunately, John Dramani Mahama happened to have met the maiden of the festival and hence was made to enjoy his part of the festival.
It is believed that the bowl of holy water contains water that has been blessed by the Gambaga Chief Imam and brought to the chief's palace where the people rush to fetch some of the water.
The spiritual implications of this bowl of holy water is that it comes with blessings, good luck, favour, Goodwill among others. It is also believed that whoever baths or wash their hands with the Holy Water is cleanse from all ailments.
Photo of the fire festival is shown below. It is celebrated by the people of North East, Northern region and Upper West regions each year.
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