Cultural celebration on La Digue Island
Feast of Assumption turns into tourist event in Seychelles
The island of La Digue is more known for its picturesque and much-photographed Anse Source D’Argent, with its majestic granite boulders, but come mid-August, this island’s religious feast of the Assumption will see visitors and Seychellois gather in large numbers at La Digue to celebrate this year’s 15th August Feast.
The Seychelles Tourism Board is again working with the island’s administration for this 15th August Feast of Assumption on La Digue, the Seychelles third largest inhabited island of the archipelago, to keep the Seychelles brand of tourism ball rolling.
With just under two weeks to go before the 2012 religious feast of Assumption the Seychelles Tourism Board has gone the extra mile in raising this localized festival profile and maintaining its promotional visibility.
In Seychelles, the Feast of Assumption is customarily celebrated annually on La Digue island. This year, the celebrations would be spread into a long weekend of joyous festivities starting from the 10th and closing only on the 15th, with the alfresco open air mass at “La Grotte.” Flocks of worshippers from all the Seychelles main islands will join with visitors in the religious celebration.
The Tourism Board is ensuring that visitors are aware of this annual religious event and have been distributing flyers to draw more visitors to La Digue.
The promotion of the different islands’ events by the Tourism Board keep highlighting the Seychelles reputation as an event-based destination.
The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, stated, “The La Digue Feast, or Lafet La Digue as it is commonly known, is an event of distinctive Seychellois character, which shows to our visitors the vibrancy of our culture, which is something they come here to experience. It is through these kinds of events that Seychelles will continue to proudly show its colors to the world.”
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism & Culture, Alain St.Ange, added: “The Feast of La Digue is an excellent example of what the Seychelles brand of tourism stands for. Here, we go beyond our natural attributes of sun, sea, and sand to allow visitors to experience the unique island-style way of life of our islands. Today’s traveler is looking beyond just soaking up the sun on our world-beating beaches, and we must continue to bring to bear the characteristics of our Kreolite to attract visitors to our shores.”