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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

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Labour Day Labour Day / May Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Ascension Day Ascension Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Pentecost / Whit Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Independence Day Independence Day Benin National, Federal, Bank, Public
Assumption Day Assumption of Mary Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public