The usually packed-to-capacity streets in Zongo communities in the Ashanti Region were virtually empty as the Muslim community observed strict adherence to the laid-down protocols of the covid-19 pandemic.
“As law-abiding citizens, the Muslim community has decided to respect the existing social and health protocols,” Sheikh Bun Bida, Public Relations Officer in-charge of the Ashanti Regional Eid Planning Committee, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Kumasi.
The 'Gangara', coinciding with the Eid-ul-Fitr (a sacred day on the Islamic calendar symbolizing the end of Ramadan), under normal circumstances brings all tribal groups in the Zongo communities together to revel.
They usually move in processions through the principal streets amid drumming and dancing, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the various tribes.
A visit by the GNA to some communities, including Sabon Zongo, Akwatialine, Aboabo Number One and Two, saw the streets virtually empty as most revelers stayed at home in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
Sheikh Bun Bida said the Committee was working with the security agencies to ensure that the protocols were followed to the letter.