Customs and traditions
The Seychelles have a strong storytelling
tradition. Through storytelling, fables, speeches and
songs, traditions have been maintained and customs
passed on through the generations.
The story goes again in the music and dance style
moutia (see also Culture). During the slave period,
after the end of the work week, people gathered around a
fire, drummed and shouted complaints and comments while
dancers answered and danced at an ever-increasing pace.
Moutia appears as a mysterious and erotic dance,
accompanied by drums and with the character of protest
song. The form of expression is nurtured as a cultural
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Like other Africans, many Seychelles have retained
customs and rites related to traditional beliefs. Magic
and magic are key elements. You seek guidance in life
through divination, at a bonhomme de bois or a
bonne femme de bois. Amulets are used for
protection against diseases and accidents. If the
purpose is instead to cause an enemy injury, they are
Health is usually done by shaking hands. The
Seychelles are happy to welcome guests. Those who visit
someone in the home often bring a small gift.
Western attire dominates. The women wear cotton
dresses and sandals, and many wear straw hats to protect
the sun. Some wear African sarong. The men also wear
hats, and usually dress in loose, short-sleeved shirts
and trousers. Both men and women can wear shorts in
The food also reflects the multicultural heritage,
with features especially of French, Indian, English,
Chinese and African cuisine. Fish, seafood and rice are
basic foods. Coconut milk and breadfruit are common
elements in the dishes, which are often spicy. You also
eat a lot of chicken as well as fruits and fresh
vegetables. Turtle meat is called "Seychelles steak".
Also some bats are eaten. A common starter is soup of
bread (tomatoes, onions and lettuce leaves).
Salted, dried fish (pwason) is often used as a
spice in, for example, pots and stews. Beer and palm
wine (calou) are produced locally, as is
bacca, which is made from sugar cane and which is
drunk on ceremonial occasions.
In October each year, the so-called Creole Festival,
a cultural event with plenty of music, art, food and
The Seychelles celebrate the liberation day on June 5
and Independence Day on June 29. New Year's Day and May
1 are other secular holidays. The rest has a Christian
background; one celebrates Easter and Christmas as well
as Mary's Day on August 15, all Saints' Day November 1,
and the spotless birth day December 8.
The road network is relatively well
developed. Ferries connect Victoria, the country's most
important port, with the islands of Praslin and La Digue.
The country's international airport, Point Larue on
the main island of Mahé, was expanded and renovated in
2006. Airport is also located at Praslin. There are also
runways on several other islands. Air Seychelles airline
is 60 percent owned by the state and 40 percent by
Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates). Seychelles has
flight connections with a number of destinations in
Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2015, Air Seychelles and Air
Madagascar entered into a collaboration aimed at
strengthening tourism in both countries.
There are plans for a modernization of the port of
Mahé, and a new road between the capital and the