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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.



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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Labour Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Assumption of Mary Assumption Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity