Dance to tribal drums, invoke spirits, dress in animal skins and watch the unique horse races. And, if you feel that way inclined, why not practice a little voodoo, too? 

Why: Around 60 per cent of Benin’s people practice Voodoo, which is the official state religion, so this eye-poppingly colourful festival is of major significance to the West African country.

Most of the celebrations are light-hearted, but there’s a dark side – look out for voodoo dolls riddled with nails.

Do it because: Bare-breasted dancing and gin-drinking are a big part of the festivities.

Yes… so far, sounds like Friday night at Walkabout.

But these celebrations kick off with a goat-slaughtering by a voodoo priest, not a round of Jager Bombs.

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