The festivals in Niger are full of color and people from all strata of society takes part in the celebration of these cheerful, vibrant and joyful festivals. In the months of April, September, October and November, numbers of festivals are celebrated in Niger. Since 80% of people follow Islam religion, the number of Muslim festivals like Mouloud, Islamic New Year and Id Al-Adha are celebrated by people in true spirit just like in other nations of the world. The Christians residing in Niger celebrates Easter Monday and Christmas in profound manner.
There are number of traditional festivals celebrated in Niger. One of such biggest festival is Guerewol or the Bororos’ festival. This festival is celebrated for several days in September month at the end of monsoons. This festival is the mark of the two groups of descendants of wodaabe. People celebrate this festival with amazing dance performances. In this colorful festival, three lovely ladies select the most handsome men. The different types of dance performances by people forms the most important and attractive part of this festival. Some of the dance performances are Guerewol, Ruume and Yaake. This festival has taken its name from the Guerewol dance form. In Ruume dance, the people perform in circular format and sing and clap in rhythm. The facial expressions of dancers are a delight to watch in Yaake dance form. In this dance form, an old woman knocks her head against the chest of the dancer.
Hawan Kaho, Hotungo and Cure Salee are some of the traditional festivals of Niger.