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Vaudoun Day

Vaudoun Day 2025 and 2026 in Benin

Vaudoun Day, also called Traditional Religions Day, is a public holiday in Benin. It is dedicated to celebrating the native-African religion of Vaudoun.

202510 JanFriVaudoun Day
202610 JanSatVaudoun Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Every 10 January, celebrations break out all over Benin, but especially in the city of Ouidah. A goat is slaughtered to honour the spirits as the festival commences. Then there is a motley and colourful arrangement of song, dance, parades, drinking, feasting, and general merriment.

Since Vaudoun gained official status as a religion and a special day was created to celebrate it, it has attracted many new converts and a host of tourists who come to see the religious and cultural events in Ouidah every 10 January.

Previous Years

202410 JanWedVaudoun Day
202310 JanTueVaudoun Day