Evala Festival is an annual 'coming of age' festival in Kara, Togo. Young men of the Kabye people are expected to take part over three years before they can consider themselves to be adult and eligible to marry. The event involves wrestling matches both individually and in large groups. Doused in talculm powder, the wrestlers take on a ghostly appearance as they fight in increasingly difficult bouts.
At the end of the Festival, which takes place in July each year, the winners are dressed in coloured scarves and paraded before huge crowds. Music, dancing and story telling continue the traditions of the Kabye.