Local Festival and Attractions in Seychelles
Seychelles island culture can be experienced through music, art, craft, cuisine, customs and the general way of life. These major cultural events give visitors the opportunity to experience the Creole culture.
Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon
Initiated by Seychelles Honorary Consul General for South Korea, Mr Dong Chang Jeong, the event promotes healthy living and aims to unify the locals with visitors. The first Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon was held in 2008 and saw a modest 330 participants. The marathon is hosted by the Seychelles Islands, universally recognized as the Indian Ocean's jewel of pristine beauty, and starts and concludes at Beau Vallon Beach.
Carnaval International De Victoria
Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria is a three day celebration,featuring a procession of colourful floats to represent the various nations participating.,The carnival unites nations and fosters a sense of global bonding.
Seychelles’ National Day
Each year, Seychelles celebrates National Day on June 18. These celebrations include military parades, flower and music shows and cultural events to promote societal harmony.
Seychelles International Carnival
Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria is a three day celebration,featuring a procession of colourful floats to represent the various nations participating. The carnival unites nations and fosters a sense of global bonding.
Seychelles' Independence Day
This national holiday falls on June 29, and commemorates Seychelles' transformation to an independent republic in 1976. Prior to this independence, Seychelles was a British colony and a Mauritian dependency ruled by the French.
Feast of the Assumption
Every August 15, La Digue Island in the Seychelles archipelago celebrates this religious feast. Known locally as Lafet La Digue, the event has special meaning for the Diguois and is celebrated across four days. With live music, fairs, street parties and traditional mass, your visit to Seychelles and inclusion in this special occasion will surely reverberate in your heart always.
Kreol Day falls on October 28 and the festival is a manifestation of Seychellois and Creole identity at its root. A celebration of island culture as experienced through music, dance, arts, craft, cuisine, customs and the general way of life, this main cultural event will give visitors the opportunity to experience the various aspects of Creole culture.
A mishmash of food and crafts can be found at the market. Couples strolling through hand in hand will see fishermen haul their catch to market, stalls offering fragrant spices and citronella, sellers purveying tea and local delicacies and a beautiful collection of local crafts. The locals fashion crafted items from the ubiquitous island coconut, and also make jewellery and silk paintings by hand.
Botanical Garden Visit
The Botanical Garden was established in 1901 by Queen Victoria. It features a collection of native palms, endemic plant species, a tortoise park and a small rainforest walk. More than 100 years old, the garden is found in the heart of Victoria. Originally planted to experiment with growing crop species during the colonial era, the garden's purpose has since undergone metamorphosis and is a present-day park open to the public. See local bird species at play here, from the Seychelles Bulbul to the Seychelles Blue Pigeon. The garden is also home to the Coco De Mer, a world-renowned palm tree and the Aldabran Giant Tortoises.