When I’m planning a holiday, I always want to make the most of the trip and take part in as many events as I can while in the country. But this isn’t always possible if you aren’t going away at a time when lots of festivities take place. This is why I’ve come up with some events you can get involved in if you’re going to the Seychelles at the beginning of 2013.1) Kavadi ThaipoosumHead to the archipelago in the Indian Ocean this February and you can witness the Kavadi Thaipoosum festival. This Hindu event is a celebration of Lord Murugan, who is the warrior god of the hills.
It is taking place in Arulmikunavasakthi Vinayagar temple on the island of Mahe and visitors can expect to see lots of people gathering to carry small pots of milk to the venue. They will then offer it to the god and pray to him.
This is a one-day festival with the date changing every year, so it is a good idea to look up the exact time it will take place this February so you don’t miss out on watching Hindu believers get involved in the event!
2) Carnaval International de VictoriaMahe – the largest of the Syechelles islands – will also host the Carnaval International de Victoria. This event is being held between February 8th and 10th next year and is put on to celebrate the eclectic mix of cultures in the Seychelles.
During the festival, you can expect to see a range of carnival activities from all over the world taking place at various locations. Traditional ways special occasions are celebrated around the globe will be represented here, giving you the chance to learn about a variety of cultures on your trip.
Among the things you can expect to see are processions of colourful floats, dancing and other performances.
3) Atlas Seychelles Charity Fishing TournamentAngling enthusiasts will love to come to Mahe in March as this is when the Atlas Seychelles Charity Fishing Tournament is set to take place. Even for someone like me who knows very little about fishing, this event is tempting to go to, simply to watch the skilled anglers try their best to get the biggest catch.
The event is happening on March 19th and 20th, and there are cash prizes for different categories, so if you think you’re quite skilled at catching fish, this is definitely something to go to during your trip.
4) Cultural bazaarsAn event that takes place regularly is Mahe’s cultural bazaars, so if you aren’t able to get involved in a specific cultural or social event during your stay on the tropical islands, you’ve got a good chance of being able to attend one of these.
I think these are definitely worth visiting as well, as perusing the colourful marketplace gives you a chance to really get to know the culture in this part of the world and learn more about the people who live here. Among the things you can expect to find on sale are local produce, meals and snacks cooked with traditional recipes and a range of homemade wares.
Whenever you come, you can find a range of accommodation options at Wanderforth, so don’t delay in organising your trip.