Customs and Traditions of Seychelles

Customs and Traditions of Seychelles

The inhabitants of the Seychelles practically do not have their own original culture. However, the culture of the natives of the African continent has perfectly taken root on the islands.


According to Countryaah, the population of the Seychelles is 81 thousand people.

The bulk of the population are Creoles, a race that has existed for only two centuries. Creoles appeared due to a mixture of English and French colonists with the descendants of slaves taken from Madagascar and the African continent. Also on the islands live Malabar, Chinese and mulatto Creoles, and mestizos of Indian, Chinese and European origin. At the same time, there is absolutely no racism in the Seychelles. All residents here are connected by a single language and faith.


The official languages in the country are English and French. But most of all, Creole is used in the country – a special dialect of French. Since 1981, this language has revived and acquired an almost official status. Now it is increasingly being used by the media and in print. Creole in the Seychelles resembles the languages of Martinique and Mauritius.

National features

Tourists in the Seychelles are very friendly. During the year, up to one hundred thousand tourists from all over the world visit the islands: from Africa, Asia, Europe and America. The islanders do not like to curry favor with visitors, and unlike Africans from the continent, they never engage in begging. Check agooddir for recent history of Seychelles.

Kindness is in the blood of the inhabitants of the Seychelles. They are generally quite friendly people. Moreover, they are kind not only to visitors and tourists, but also to each other. It is absolutely impossible to meet rude or aggressive people on the island.

Also, the Seychello is are very leisurely, do not like haste or fuss.


The majority of Seychelles residents are Catholics. And almost all of them are quite pious people.

On the islands, belief in gris (as ancient magical spirits are called here) and in general in the supernatural is also quite popular. Despite the fact that witchcraft was banned on the islands back in 1958, you can still find more than one sorcerer here (they are called bonhommes here). They make conspiracies for good luck, love and profit, curse, prepare various potions and simply heal.

Behavior rules

On the islands, almost everywhere it is better to walk in casual clothes, except that you need to wear a formal suit to church.

It is not customary to walk the streets in a swimsuit – it is worn only on the beach.

Drinking alcoholic beverages on the roads and in public places is prohibited. The same applies to smoking.

National holidays

January 1 and 2 – New Year

Easter Saints Friday, Saturday and Sunday

May 1 – Labor Day

June 5 – Liberation Day

June 10 – Feast of the Body of the Lord

June 18 – National Reconciliation Day

June 29 – Independence Day

November – All Saints Day

December 8 – Immaculate Conception

December 25 – Christmas

Customs and Traditions of Seychelles

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