Zangbetos are the traditional voodoo guardians of the night in the Yoruba religion of Benin and Togo which are known as the "Night watchmen". Similar to Egunguns, they are highly revered and act as an unofficial police force patrolling the streets and watching over people and tracking down criminals and presenting them to the community to punish. They were originally created to scare the enemy away, now the Zangbeto will wander around the street to detect thieves and witches, and dispensing justice.
Each year, the festival of Awilé , the goddess of the lake, brings together the inhabitants of the nearby villages to chase away the evil spirits.
On the 15th of August each year, the town of Savalou celebrates the Yam festival; this traditional celebration originally organized by the Salman tribe is to give thanks for a good harvest.
According to Tossoh GBAGUIDI XIII, King of this locality, it is the yam species 'Laboco' which is celebrated, because it is the first tuber collected. This feast of the new Yam has become an opportunity for the people of the Mabou de Savalou (socio-ethnic group based in the centre of Benin) to worship and thank the Ancestors for the good season which allowed good Yam harvest. To complement this celebration, the people of Savalou organize several traditional activities from the different cults including public prayers, animated songs, praise and cultural dances.
The Voodoo Ceremony in Ouidah is celebrated annually on the 10th of January since 1992. This is an opportunity for the dignitaries and followers of voodoo to express their faith in their gods
in the eyes of the public. This celebration of traditional religions is often marked by folk dances, colourful ceremonies. This day is also a national holiday in Benin