African Culture

WATCH: Ga Calendar Months (2017) – Rabbi Akwetey Amaah

Shalom, everyone! The following is a video commentary by renown educator Rabbi Akwetey Amaah of the Kingdom of Kings Academy about the Ga Calendar, the calendar used by the Ga people of Ghana, the descendants of the Israelite tribe of Gad. The original Ga Calendar had 13 months of 28 days each, amounting to 364 days in each year. This was later reduced to 12 months to conform with the Gregorian calendar, and the days of the 13th month were distributed among the remaining 12 months. The Ga year begins in the month of Gbo when the year number increments by one. This is equivalent to the ancient Israelite civil solar calendar which began the civil year in the Seventh Month and also incremented the year number by one. During the month of Gbo, the Gas plant their crops and pray for rain.

The rainfall is usually heaviest during the month of Gbo. The amount of rainfall is an indicator of the year to come: Plentiful rain means plentiful harvest and a prosperous year both financially and spiritually scarce rainfall means a small harvest and difficult year both financially and spiritually. Rabbi Akwetey then shows the relationship between the former and latter rains referenced in Joel 2:23 and the month of Gbo.

The following are the months of the year on the Ga Calendar using the tropical system. The tropical system divides the Zodiac into 12 constellations. Today, the Gas of Ghana, descendants of the Israelite tribe of Gad, use the tropical system as the basis for their solar calendar. It should be noted that the Gas spent many years in ancient Egypt after their exile from Israel; in Egypt they would have been introduced to the tropical system developed by Ptolemy. For more information on this and other video lectures on Erverh history and culture please visit Rabbi Akwetey‘s website at

The Ga Calendar

#  GA Month  Constellation
(Tropical System)
Start and End Dates
1  Gbo  Virgo  August 23 – September 22
2  Anton  Libra  September 23 – October 22
3  Alemle  Scorpio October 23 – November 21
4  Afuabee  Sagittarius  November 22 – December 20
5  Aharabata  Capricorn  December 21 – January 19
6  Oflo  Aquarius January 20 – February 18
7  Otsoklikli  Pisces February 19 – March 20
8  Abei Bei  Aries March 21 – April 20
9  Agbienaa  Taurus April 21 – May 20
10  Otukwadzan  Gemini May 21 – June 21
11  Maawe  Cancer June 22 – July 22
12  Manyawale  Leo  July 23 – August 22

Ga Calendar Months – Akwetey Amaah

Video from Akwetey Amaah/YouTube


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