Cultural Celebrations

Meet Warm-Hearted and Hospitable People

More than 60 ethnic groups live in Côte d’Ivoire, each with their own beliefs, traditions and cultural values. People are naturally hospitable all over the country which is also  reflected in their way of living and welcoming visitors. The specificities of each ethnic group are translated into the architecture, dance, music, masks cult and craftwork. Music, dance, and masks are a source of collective conviviality and act as a medium of communication with the ancestors.

This is an integral part of the culture in Côte d’Ivoire as well as all over Africa. There are several cultural celebrations in various regions all year long.

The highlight and pride of every traditional celebration is not only the dances but also the traditional garments. The traditional garments have different patterns, styles and colourings in each region. They are in many parts of the country mainly hand woven by traditional weavers.


The Most popular Celebrations

The Massa in Abidjan, the perle of the laguna in March

Popo carnaval of Bonoua in October

Abissa in Grand-Bassam

Bregmam – Cultural days and popular celebrations in Yaou, Bonoua

The Generation dance with the Attié, Adjoukrou, Abouré and Ebrié

The Carnaval of Bouaké





The Yam Festival with the Baoulés, Abbeys, Agnis and in various other regions

The Bolo Traditionel or Bolo Super in San Pedro and region

The Poro with the Sénoufo, mainly in Korohgo

The Tchologo in Fongaha, Sokoro

The Mask festival in Man and Guiglo

Festival of the Laguna in Yassap, Dabou

Festivalof the deads in Tiagba

Harvest Festival “Kpou-Kpou” in Dabou

Gba – Wrestle and racings in villages around Man and surroundings

Festival of Rice “Saka-Bouda” with the Bété





Yearly Festival of Blessings in Goulia, odienné

Blahon – Festival marking the end of the initiation of the panther in Daloa

Otchandji – Anointment of the centenarian in Man

The Dipri in Gomon, Sikensi and Dabou



Yeary Festival of Jo-Djone in Odienné

Festival of Komons in Odienné

Niyogu in Bondiali

Festival of Ebeb


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