La Fête de l’Igname

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.