Benin to celebrate cultic Voodoo Festival 2020

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 04:31 |
Dancers perform during the celebration of the 2020 voodoo festival at the Porte du Non retour in Ouidah, southern Benin, Jan. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Seraphin ZOUNYEKPE)

The Voodoo Festival of Benin is celebrated across the entire country every year but most particularly in the city of Ouidah.

This national day of cults which was established in 1993 by Benin's ex-president Nicophore Soglo (1991-1996) is also an official holiday in Benin.

During an entire week, Gou the god of Iron, Elegbara the Messenger, Kokou the Warrior, Zangbeto the guardian of the Night, Mami Wata goddess of Water, and other deities are honoured with ancestral cult practices where thousands of voodoo adherents, traditional chiefs and shamans participate in dozens of ceremonies.

The celebrations which also attracted tourists from Europe, Asia and the U.S., were characterized by prayers, libation and Voodoo dances. (Xinhua)

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