A colourful harmony
Due to its geography and history, the Seychelles ended up with a mixture of almost every culture. With 88,311 inhabitants, the Seychelles has ethnic roots from around the world in the fields or music, art, cuisine and dance.
The majority of Seychellois are of African origin yet, some do have ancestors of European, Indian or Chinese origin. Smaller groups involve those of French, Indian, Arabic and Chinese origin.
Being a diverse country, the Seychelles accommodates a population with a wide range of international languages including English and French. Native to our islands, you will find the most common language to be the Seychellois Creole.
The Independence Day of Seychelles on 19th June is an occasion for families to gather and spend some quality time on a local beach to have a picnic. Do not forget to hangout in the evening, where you will be greeted by a spectacular firework display.
Markets in Seychelles
You will be able to find small items to bring some joy to your heart or those of your loved ones. You can find a wide range of souvenirs in local kiosks and markets from hats blinds and screen, and baskets made using coconut fiber.
You will also find different kind of spices such as cinnamon and saffron, all of which are used for creating local dishes as well as having medicinal properties.
Are you a collector? Wooden replicas of aquatic species will amaze you, as they are a great reminder of your diving experience. You will also find available the well-known product of Seychelles, the “Coco de Mer.” A protected product, it should always be accompanied by a certificate as well as an export permit. Lastly, if you like arts, be sure to hang out in a gallery and purchase a canvas by a Seychellois painter.
Colonialism through the ages
Multi-ethnicity is reflected in the local architecture, whereby colonial past and functional concepts are mixed together. The steep roofs allow good rainwater evacuation while the wide verandas offer maximum luminosity.
If you want to experience similar beauty, the Dauban Silhouette’s family house awaits you with its sumptuous Creole restaurant. La Digue island offers a fine wooden house, while Val Domaine des Pres on Mahe will use its simplicity to charm you. A farm called “Grann Kaz” is situated there and is a throwback to the 20th century.
Melody of the soul and heart
The typical Sega rhythm whereby dancers sway their hips to the sound of the guitars, drums as well as keyboards, will make you want to party and bring the heat up inside of your soul. The Moutia will leave you quite perplexed with its mysterious and sensual dance dating back to the time slaves gathered themselves around a fire at night.
Due to no resources, the musicians had to be, by using drums and dishes crafted with goatskin, where the flames heat the latter. However, colonialists often described this dance as too vulgar, but nowadays loads of tourists are admirers. Last but not least, is the Kanmtole – a ballet from the Europe where music of the 17th century is played using banjos, fiddles and triangles as a remembrance to the Scottish quadrille or the French one.
Awaken your taste
The local cuisine simply cannot be missed. Its influence revolves around the multi-ethnic aspect of Seychelles. Curry originating from India, rice and ginger from China and France leaving behind all the aromatic assortments in terms of garlic and herbs make up the local cuisine close to perfection. Foods ranging from roasted octopus and other dishes prepared with coconut milk are the main specialties of the Seychelles. As an accompaniment, you will also want to taste the local beer or other alcohol specialties of the islands. For more information, see our Seychelles Cuisine page to see a more in-depth aspect of the local cuisine.
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