The month of August is round the corner, and once again the island of La Digue will be shining as it welcomes thousands of visitors from near and far to its shores to join in the weekend celebrations of the Feast of the Assumption.
Preparations for this religious feast are well underway, and the committee responsible for the organization of the event has already been meeting to discuss the activities for this year’s August 15 feast.
Members of the committee met the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange; Principal Secretaries for Tourism, Anne Lafortune and for Culture, Benjamine Rose; Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Naiken; and that of the National Arts Council, Jimmy Savy; as well as representatives from the Department of Community Development, Dan Frichot, to discuss the activities for this year’s celebrations.
The last planning meeting for the August 15 celebrations was held on Monday at the Parish hall next to St. Mary’s church of La Digue and was chaired by Minister St.Ange. Also present at this meeting were member of the National Assembly for La Digue and the Inner Islands, Hon. Chantal Ghislain, as well as the District Administrator, Barbara Barallon.
Minister St.Ange said as he opened this meeting last Monday morning that it was important to remember when planning this district event that the people of La Digue remain center of the activity and can feel part and parcel of this feast. “It remains important that the Diguois see themselves as not only enjoying the feast, but that they are also able to benefit from it. This event should help to open doors of opportunities for the people of La Digue,” Minister St.Ange said.
The official opening of the event which is set to be held over a period of three days, will be held at La Passe in front of the District Administration office on August 13. After the official ceremony, members of the public will be able to enjoy a musical show featuring artists hailing from the island of La Digue itself.
On August 14, there will be another show which will feature “friends of La Digue,” and top local artists are expected to perform during this open-air concert.
The traditional mass and procession will once again be on the program for August 15, the day of the Feast of the Assumption. Several other activities are being planned, and these will be revealed to members of the public at a later date.
The business community on the island is being urged to join in and bring forth their support and contributions towards the event.
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