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Holidays & Observances in Benin

Benin is a West African country separated into many tribal groups. Customs and beliefs vary between the differing groups. Though Christianity and Islam are very popular in Benin, many people still practice indigenous religions, the most popular of which is Vodoun, known as Voodoo in the western world. Followers of Vodoun believe that everything in nature is governed by spirits. Each year the Beninese people celebrate a holiday called Traditional Day, which celebrates Vodoun and attracts many followers from other parts of the world. Other religious holidays are Christian and Muslim, celebrated individually by followers of each religion.



Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Independence Day Benin Public
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic