Discover Carnival in the Seychelles


When the Seychelles Islands were first settled, it was by a blend of individuals of different ethnicity, customs, and ways of life. Throughout its history and to this very day, Seychelles has continued to be a melting-pot of peoples from the four corners of the Earth who have each contributed their particular thread to the fabric of this vibrant yet peaceful society, adding to it and being, themselves, subtly transformed in return.

Against this background of multi-culturalism, diversity, and the coming together of peoples, it is fitting that Seychelles should be, once again, the focal point of an annual “Carnaval des Carnavals" – bringing representatives from the world’s carnivals to the islands to participate in three days of celebration.


Seychelles is planning an international carnival scheduled to take place in its capital, Victoria, in March 2011, echoing the time when Seychelles first became a melting pot of different cultures from the four corners of the planet.


SEYCHELLES REVISITS ITS ORIGINS

From March 4-6, 2011, Victoria is set to revisit its multi-ethnic origins when the “Carnaval International de Victoria" comes to town. With participants from several countries with famous carnivals of their own, the Victoria Carnival is on course to bring the capital to life with a grand, open-air restaurant featuring food – and music – from across the world as local hotels, in coordination with various participating countries, set up al fresco restaurants showcasing their particular culture’s culinary skills.


OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CARNIVAL

The official opening of the carnival, to be attended by visiting dignitaries from the various participating countries, will take place on a day when festivities are expected to last throughout the night.


Swelled by sailors from international navies whose visits are being planned to coincide with the 3-day carnival, this spectacular event will then move into the Carnival Day featuring a Carnival Procession of participants’ floats on a circular itinerary through the streets of the capital and against a backdrop of music, dance, and colorful costumes. The event will have its very own carnival song, composed by local artists to reflect the country’s three national languages: Creole, English, and French, as well as music from the participants’ countries.


The local population and visitors will all be encouraged to participate in the spirit of the carnival and its various activities. Seychelles is also expected to add its own floats to the procession featuring the attributes of its main islands, so completing the picture of a vibrant international event celebrating the fact that Seychelles remains an important, harmonious melting pot of peoples from across the world.


The World of Carnival meets … the world’s most beautiful islands. For more information, visit the Seychelles Tourism Board.


Press Release:
Courtesy of Seychelles Tourism Board/ForImmediateRelease

Photo:
Courtesy of Seychelles Tourism Board/Anse Lazio beach on Praslin island © STB

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