Carnival comes to the Seychelles

From March 4 to 6, the smallest capital of the world, Victoria, capital of Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles will become alive with several exciting activities and the actual carnival which is expected to see the participation of several countries and world organisations.

Seychelles’ first carnival was held in 1972 to celebrate the launch of Seychelles’ tourism industry. Today, with a record year for tourist arrivals beneath its belt, the country looks set for carnival fever once again, as the islands gear up for its new carnival, which is attracting participants from as far and wide as the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia to the United Kingdom, France, and Italy and even closer to home with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and La Reunion all echoing their support.

The carnival is being held under the theme “The Melting Pot of Cultures”, which echoes the time when Seychelles first became a melting pot of different cultures and people from the four corners of world.

During the three days of carnival celebrations in town in March, Victoria will revisit its multi-ethnic origins through floats from different countries and where different cultures will meet and be celebrated.  An open-air restaurant is also on programme and will give visitors and residents the chance to savour different foods of the world.  

Another activity, the family fun day, will cap the festive weekend of carnival where the Seychellois people would partake in a manifestation of events in Victoria.  All floats will assemble in the Unity Stadium at Roche Caiman for viewing and picture taking. People will mingle with fellow visitors and enjoy themselves in various activities and entertainment.

As expected, Seychelles will add its own floats to the procession, featuring its many attributes and selling points as a tourism destination. The carnival will be an excellent platform for the country to showcase its rich culture that makes the destination truly unique.

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 all its various activities.

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