1. Culture of Seychelles – The Seychellois Culture
An archipelago consisting of 115 islands, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Neighbour to tourist destinations like Mauritius and Maldives, Seychelles is a quiet place with many uninhabited islands which is ideal for a tranquil vacation. Since most of the Seychellois are immigrants, the culture has been affected to a large extent by the amalgamation of different races- African, European, French and Indian. What is even more interesting to note is that the society is matriarchal- with women yielding power at homes.
So, let’s take a sneak peek into the multiracial and vibrant culture of Seychelles.
2. Festivals in Seychelles
The Creole Festival
Seychelles Ocean Festival
The Feast of the Assumption of Mary
3. Seychelles Cuisine – Food of Seychelles
Seychelles’ cuisine reflects hues of flavours of France, Africa, India and Europe. Being an island country, the staple food consists of a number of fish and shellfish dishes along with coconut, mangoes and breadfruit. Ladob and shark curry are other finger-licking dishes which must be given a shot. Ladob, when served as a dessert, is a creamy sauce made of sweet potato, plantain, coconut milk, nutmeg and vanilla.
You really cannot resist the savoury version of Ladob which is cooked with salt, a bit of spice, plantain and cassava. On the other hand, shark curry is prepared with a mashed, skinned shark in bilimbi juice, lime, salt and aromatic spices. If you are in Seychelles, then you really cannot miss the lip-smacking bat curry (Civet de chauve souris), cassava pudding, fruit bat and Satini Rekin all of which are inspired by flavours of France, Africa and India.
And if you are a wine lover, then you must try the Seychelles specialities: palm wine calou(or kalou), bakka rum, Seybrew and Eku. The cuisine of Seychelles is a unique combination of flavours of different regions and you cannot resist yourself from trying it.
4. Seychelles Traditional Dance
Do groove to the African rhythm in the Seychellois way: Moutia which is a traditional dance of Seychelles. With deep roots in the history of African slavery, Moutia is the centre of attraction in all the celebrations and festivities of Seychelles. Moutia is basically swaying your hips to and fro to the beats of African music in a light-hearted fashion.
Another traditional yet exotic dance style in Seychelles is the Sega dance. Women dressed in skirts with a wide frill swing their waists in the most mesmerising way and you cannot help but join them. To top it all, Kanmtole is a ballet-inspired from the European culture. You would not definitely want to miss any of these rare and unique dance forms especially if you are a party freak!
If you are in Seychelles, your heart cannot stop but race against the myriad beats of zez, bom (Brazilian berimbau), polka, taarab, soukos, French folk and pop, and Sega. Over 200 years old, the Seychelles music makes extensive use of percussion instruments. The tangy Moutya is the most popular, and its tunes can often be heard in bazaars along the beach.
Seychelles music has its own version of the European contredanse called the Kontredans, and of Reggae called the Seggae and Mouggae (mingled with the tunes of Sega and Moutya respectively). Zouk is a new genre in Seychelles and is a perfect cocktail of traditional music and modern, fast-paced beats.
6. Seychelles’ Art and Craft
Seychelles has few original art and craft of its own. However, the Seychelles Craft Village is a must if you want to discover some historical and authentic craft pieces of Seychelles. The Craft Village is a reminder to the rich and variegated cultural heritage of Seychelles.
The village houses Grann Kaz Plantation House, dating back to around 1870, and the ‘Lakaz Rosa’ a replica of a servant house typical of colonial times. The Craft Village has some quaint, peculiar objects delightful to see and handle. There is a plethora of handmade jewellery, coconut items and batik clothing. One can really buy some flamboyant souvenirs from the Craft Village.
7. Architecture of Seychelles
8. Seychelles Traditional Clothing – National Costume
Seychelles offers a serene holiday extravaganza-the deep blue azure waters washing off the golden sand is a sight to behold. The spellbinding galvanisation of cultures makes the holiday experience even more rich and memorable.