Curiosities, traditions and customs of Seychelles
A traditional wedding in the Seychelles is developed with an extravagant ritual that now is disappearing. It all starts with the courtship that is unique to these islands. The man writes a love letter to the parents of the girl he wants to marry, was expressed in the letter his deep passion for his daughter, the man explains his character, what the major had made in life, his occupation / work, what will it do to ensure the maintenance of the material girl, how many children they would like, etc.
If the girl's parents accept the proposal, courtship can begin, the man weaves a coconut basket called 'Kapatya' and delivery, full of fruit and vegetables varies, the girl's house as an offering to the parents. This is a test that needs to demonstrate to the girl's parents that the man was a hard worker and has good skills with his hands (the larger and braided 'Kapatya' better) so it is able to provide for his future wife.
Now, the young man and woman can stay close in the presence of parents and only the other girls in the house of her parents. During this time the couple has the opportunity to know each other. The couple must prove birth of love between them by engaging in an exciting game called 'Roul pomme d'amour'. The man took a red tomato 'also known as a apple love' and the rolls on a table by throwing to the girl, that meant that the likes, if she rolls the tomato to him then love is reciprocated from her.
On the wedding day, for those who can afford it, a car is decorated with frangipani flowers and colorful ribbons. At the exit of the church or the place of the party, is erected an arch with palm leaves and decorated with fresh flowers, the pair crosses this arc followed by guests, all accompanied by a band playing the wedding march with instruments such as guitars, violins, banjo, drums and triangles. The wedding party, partiers drinking, singing and dancing as tradition, older women sang old sentimental songs out loud.
The musical traditions of the Seychelles have African influences, this is due to the fact that Africa is the closest geographical continent, and for the fact that the English colonists drew from the mainland labor force (slaves). The Moutya is a dance that goes right back to the days of slavery. It is a slow dance, painfully erotic that is usually performed to the beat of a single drum, the Moutya songs are actually prayers that the first slaves fit into songs in labor camps for which the Moutya songs were considered by the whites as a subversive way and protest that ended British colonial authorities to ban
Another famous dance in the Seychelles is the Sega is a dance musical with a Calypso-like pace. Sega is popular in many of the islands of the West Indies, between Mauritius and Reunion Island is an exotic dance often erotic. The women wear large colorful skirts and swing and sway with accompanying arm movements. Couples dancing the sega on the beach around a fire. The sand restricts the movements of the feet, so that now, when you dance the Sega, the feet never leave the floor and crawl back and forth. The rubbing of the feet and the swaying hips are an integral part of the music. The rhythm of the music involves the dancers inducing a vibrant force which leads to a wild dance. The Sega is normally accompanied by traditional instruments such as the Ravane, which is a wooden rim on which a piece of goat skin has been stretched, Coco, (Maracas), which represents the percussion section, the triangle, a triangular piece metal clanging when it is beaten with an iron bar, the traditional guitar, here is a single-stringed instrument with a bow attached to a "Calebasse" (shaking instrument made from dried gourds and emptied). Stimulated and inspired by the local rum, people gather around a campfire to give free rein to their emotions. Often people are dancing without music with the sole accompaniment of Ravane and the tinkling of spoons, the seeds rattling in a tin box, and the clapping of the audience that will eventually join in the fun.
The dance Contredanse is present in the culture of the Seychelles although it has its origins in the French eighteenth-century courtyard. The musical instruments of the dance are the violins, banjo, accordions and drums, and many musicologists are similar to the musical traditions Arcadian North America.
Dancing is a figurative dance that sees a number of pairs arranged in a square (called French quadrille) or columns (variant called Quadrille English).
Seychelles Kreol Festival
The annual Festival Kreol, normally held in October on the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. And 'the only important religious festivals not celebrated by the people with a Catholic majority. The celebration lasts a week and is not limited to only recognize the local Creoles, but welcomes and embraces all the Creoles from points around the world, thus adding further richness and diversity to the festival.
All aspects of the Kreol culture to the public, with several music concerts (mostly jazz), dance performances, dance competitions and Sega Moutya, tasting of local specialties, presentation of customs and traditions, storytelling and poetry, but also exhibitions and lectures on language or Kreol identity ..... all just steps from the sea or even on the beach.
As part of the week of festivities there is a particular party that lasts all night, called Bal Asosye, which takes place in an elegant and exclusive venue of the Victoria capital. It starts at 18:00 and the unbridled party continues until 7 am the next morning - without respite. At midnight, a spicy potato soup and herbs is served to guests to keep everyone awake.
Kreol, Seychelles official languege
Kreol is the common language of these islands, in most of the Seychelles we speak at least three languages fluently: Kreol, English and French. The mother tongue is an adaptation of the French of the seventeenth century with additional words and expressions from African languages and Madagascar. Anyone who speaks a little French will be able to understand the Kreol, which is easier to learn, because there is no gender and verbal endings remain constant.