The Tamale Metropolitan Security Council has suspended the celebration of this year’s Fire festival, also called the Bugum Festival, in Tishegu, a suburb in the metropolis.
This follows intelligence of a possible clash between two feuding families in the area.
A statement issued by the Mayor, Mr Iddrisu Musah, on Friday, September 29, 2017 urged residents of Tishegu to go about their normal duties without fear.
The feuding families have however been cautioned not to disturb the peace and security of the area.
Meanwhile, other residents, apart from those in Tishegu, have been given the green light to celebrate te festival.
The Fire festival is traced from the story of Noah and the Ark in the Christian Bible. It is believed that after Noah and his family survived the flood, when they got out of the Ark it was dark. They therefore lit cotton wool to give light. The people of Tamale celebrate the Fire festival to recall that event.
The festival is celebrated in the night. It commences with the chief praying and litting the first fire. Other people light theirs from this fire. They head to town where they jubilate by singing and displaying fireworks.