About 60% of Benin's population practice voodoo, that is why celebration of this holiday is a major festival in the country. Tourist from all over the world are attracted by this holiday and come to see the traditions of celebration.
Although Voodoo Day is celebrated across the whole country, the most notable festival is in the city of Ouidah. This city is a former slaves' port and known as the birthplace of voodoo.
Celebration of Voodoo Day begins with the sacrifice of goat. It is believed that blood of goat will help to protect not only those who practice voodoo, but also an entire population of Benin from diseases. Also the followers of tradition believe that life derives from natural sources of earth, fire, air and water.
The slaughter of a goat is followed by traditional drum music, dances, singing songs and drinking liquor (especially gin). The celebration of Voodoo Day ends in the official residence of voodoo chief, who offers the crowd free drinks and food.Remind me with Google Calendar
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