SEYCHELLES SET FOR ‘FEAST OF ASSUMPTION‘ CELEBRATION ON LA DIGUE
(Posted 12th August 2018)
The Seychelles third largest island, La Digue, a personal favourite of this correspondent for its laid back attitude and unique way of life, is preparing for the Feast of Assumption, when the Catholic faithful from the archipelago are joined by hundreds of tourists to celebrate this religious festival, which has become a cornerstone in the annual calendar of events promoted by Seychelles Tourism. This year the festival is again expected to last for several days, to allow more visitors to come and be part of La Digues long tradition, starting this weekend and culminating in the grand event on the 15th, when a procession will be held to La Grotte with an open air mass.
The archipelagos nearly 92.000 strong population is deeply rooted in Catholicism and the age old celebration on La Digue has in recent years found more followers from around the world, literally doing pilgrimage to the island and joining the Seychellois faithful in their prayers.
The Seychelles Tourist Board, not missing a beat and opportunity, has stepped up to promote the event in their recent mailings and marketing activities and relevant information is available for tourists arriving on the archipelago to promote day trips, from the main island of Mahe and the second largest island of Praslin to La Digue.
The La Digue Feast or Lafet La Digue as it is commonly known is an event of distinctive Seychellois character which shows visitors the vibrancy of the Creole culture.
The Feast of La Digue is an excellent example of what the Seychelles Brand of tourism stands for. It goes beyond the archipelago’s natural attributes of sun, sea & sand to allow visitors to experience the unique island-style way of life. Today’s travellers are looking beyond just soaking up the sun on the Seychelles’ beaches and such festivals is one way to showcase local culture and heritage.