Burkina Faso

SHORT INFORMATION

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou (/ˌwɑːɡəˈduːɡuː/; Mossi: [ˈwaɡᵊdᵊɡᵊ]) is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country's largest city, with a population of 1,475,223 (as of 2006).The city's name is often shortened to Ouaga. The inhabitants are called ouagalais. The spelling of the name Ouagadougou is derived from the French orthography common in former French African colonies.

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Culture of Burkina Faso

Two key elements for the culture of Burkina Faso (a country once known as Upper Volta) are its indigenous masks and dancing. The masks used in this region of the western Sahel are made for rites of sacrifice to gods and animal spirits in the villages. Native dance, on the other hand, is employed to demonstrate the villagers’ desire for blessings by the spirits.

SHORT INFORMATION

Overview of Burkina Faso

Officially name: Burkina Faso

Capital: Ouagadougou

Largest city: Ouagadougou

Official language: French

Government: Semi-presidential republic