Rites of passage celebrated in Ivory Coast's Fatchue ceremony - in pictures

The annual celebration marks the passing of one generation to the next

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Hundreds of people gathered on the streets of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Thursday to celebrate the annual “Fatchue” ceremony.

The ceremony is one of the biggest celebrations for the Ebrie people, and marks the passing from one generation to the next.

The Fatchue celebrations involve dance and a number of rituals, with Ebrie people painting their faces in traditional tribal patterns and dressing in traditional clothing for the occassion.

During the ceremony, the 'Blessoue Djehou' generation, who are mature in age and invite the next generation to participate in the management of village affairs.

Scroll through the gallery at the top of the page to see pictures from this year’s Fatchue ceremony.