Voodoo Festival -- Benin
Voodoo (or vodun) has been an official religion in Benin since the 1990s. Since then, there has been an annual festival in its honor.
Voodoo originates in West Africa and followers believe in one supreme being and other lesser divine beings, and that the world of the living and the world of the dead are intertwined.
The Voodoo Festival takes place every January in the city of Ouidah, the historic center of voodoo worship, with main festivities located on the beach.
It's Benin's most colorful and vibrant event, featuring voodoo dolls, horse racing on the beach, as well as dancing and drinking.
The festival starts with the supreme priest ceremony, where a goat is slaughtered in honor of the spirits. It's also famous for the drinking of gin, which can come in handy for the faint-hearted.
Benin's voodoo festival is held every year and is the west African country's most vibrant and colourful event. It features voodoo dolls and devotees in animal skins chanting and dancing to drumbeats, as well as horse racing on the beach and food and drink - theguardian.com