Seychelles - Public Holidays and Festival
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Official Public Holidays

    * New Year - 1st & 2nd January
    * Labour Day - 1st May
    * Liberation Day - 5th June
    * National Day - 18th June 
    * Independence Day - 29th June

Religious public Holiday

    * Good Friday - 02nd April
    * Easter Sunday - 04th April
    * Corpus Christi - 03rd June
    * Assumption Day - 15th August
    * All Saints' Day - 1st November
    * Immaculate Conception - 8th December
    * Christmas Day - 25th December

Festival Kreol is the biggest and most important event of the Seychelles cultural calendar. It offers the visitor a fascinating week full of the colors, sounds, flavors and fragrances of one corner of the Creole world that treasures its traditions while embracing the opportunities of the present, this week-long festival is an explosion of Creole cuisine, fashion, art, music and dance. Creole artists from all over the world descend on the Seychelles for this celebration.

Deepavali celebrated in October signifies the advent of joy and happiness. It is also believed that goddess Lakshmi graces the shops and houses on this day and showers her blessings and bestows good fortune upon her worshippers.

SUBIOS is an annual underwater film and image festival combining a range of daytime diving and snorkeling activities with free evening programmes of films, video and slide presentations by acclaimed guest speakers from around the world as well as local ones.

Cultural Bazar is an event with a selection of unique locales where you can meet the Seychellois people and experience a taste of island style way of living, accompanied by a serenade of Creole music.

Bazar Labrinn is one of the legendary Bazar where shoppers come to stock up on their supply of vegetables, fruits, and local delicacies and where visitors to our islands can enjoy a unique opportunity to shop for souvenirs and sample traditional snacks and beverages – all within an authentic Seychellois Creole ambiance.

Bazar Ovan provides another excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to mingle and participate in a true celebration of the vibrant Seychellois Creole culture to the rhythms of Creole music which takes place in the pastoral south of the island.

Victoria Bazar is an Authentic and lively ambiance that is reflective of the Seychellois Creole way of life where vendors sell a variety of goods ranging from arts and crafts to exotic culinary delicacies and beverages to the accompaniment of local musicians in an atmosphere that’s strictly Creole.

Marine Charter Marlin Tournament, a One day Trolling only tournament. The tournament hours usually run from 0300hrs-1700hrs, prizes are offered for each fish category plus prizes for the Best Team and the Best Runners-Up.

The Kavadi Festival is an annual event which is celebrated by the Hindu community and is attributed to Lord Murugan, the warrior deity of the hills. The concept of the Kavadi is to carry milk in small pots and finally offer it to Lord Murugan amid prayers in return for his blessings.

Eco-Healing Seychelles Marathon is due to commence on 27th, Feb, 2011 at 7 am at Beau Vallon Bay, Mahé. This marathon will feature 10km, 21km (full course marathon 42.195km) and a new 10km walking event.

Fête de la Francophonie" usually held on the 20th March, features various activities which include film shows, a craft bazaar, and exhibitions.

The Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria will be held over a three-day period in March 2011, when it will become a focal point for representatives from the world’s most famous carnivals who will be invited to the islands to take part in this exciting international event.

FetAfrik is a multi-artistic festival, a colorful expression of African and Kreol culture and also the Seychellois way of celebrating Africa Day, on the 25th May. 

The Seychelles Regatta is an exclusive, semi-professional competition bringing together 20 companies that will sail the magnificent sites of the Seychelles Islands over eight days. The fleet will consist of 40 to 70-footers catamarans and crews of 4 to 8 people, mainly from Europe and South Africa.

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is dedicated to the church of La Digue and is very popular with Seychellois from all islands who flock to the island for the occasion.