The Seychellois are a colourful and harmonious blend of different ethnic groups, all of whom have brought something of their own customs and cultures to the islands.

The result of Seychelles ethnic mix is a culture enriched from many continents. Where other nations
live in fear of their neighbours, the Seychelles has blended its influences harmoniously with a live-and-let-live
philosophy. In a nutshell, Seychelles is one of the very few places on earth where harmony is a way
of life.

There is nothing more volatile in the world than religious differences, yet in Victoria (the world’s
smallest capital) you will find a Roman Catholic cathedral, an Anglican cathedral, a Seventh Day Adventist Church, a mosque, a Hindu Temple, and halls of worship for several other denominations. It is not uncommon to witness a public walk organised jointly by several religions.

Of all the imported religions, French Catholicism has proved the most influential and has even survived British rule. Mass and other parish feasts are colourful occasions for the Seychellois to dress up in their Sunday best and socialise.

The Creole Language is spoken by everyone and is an adaptation of 17th Century French with other words and expressions coming from African and Malagasy tongues. It has been elevated to national language status, earning the same respect that English and French receive. Today Creole is a written language as well as a spoken one. Such linguistic freedom has resulted in an outburst of creativity in plays, poetry and prose. The Creole culture is today a major attraction for worldwide visitors who want to experience a unique way of life.

Creole architecture is another important cultural aspect of the islands. The designs of many old houses with their steep rooves are representative of an architecture adapted for comfortable living in the tropics. Those old houses have extra large windows and more than one door to catch the island breezes. Modern architecture attempts to assimilate traditional styles.

Yet another jewel of the cultural crown is cuisine Creole gastronomy which is born ofthis spectacular fusion of cultures and offers the subtlety and innovation of French cuisine as well as the piquant flavours and exotic culinary combinations of the East delighting the taste and vision with a fascinating spectrum of textures, tastes, colours and ingredients. Here, among the islands, the ocean’s abundant reserves of seafood, and the islands’ ample harvest of fresh vegetables and fruits will find their way to your table with a uniqueness, innovation and true gourmet flair that is guaranteed to seduce the most refined palate.

One diary date not to be missed by locals and visitors alike is the main celebration of all things Seychelles – the annual Creole Festival in October and the Carnaval International de Victoria to be held between February 8th and 10th 2013