The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of Seychelles
The people of Seychelles came from a colorful blend of British, Chinese, Creole, French and Indian heritage. Seychellois people lead very simple lives in a tourism conscious country which takes protecting the natural charm of the island very seriously. Since tourism is majority of their livelihood, people are very friendly. It is very common to be invited openly to one’s house and guests are expected to present a gift as a common gesture.
Seychelles essentially have a matriarchal society. The dominant person in the family normally would tend to be the mothers looking after the children and budgeting family expenses. Fathers are required by law to support their children. The men mostly have been relegated to bringing in income to the family. It is also a common thing to see single female parents in Seychelles.
Diverse influences are reflected in their music. Local artists echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the islands with incorporation of European contredanse, Polka, mazurka, pan-African genres, French folk and pop, Polynesian, Arcadian and Indian music. The island is vibrant with Creole music and dance often accompanied by rhythmic drums and string instruments. Recently, the violin and guitar have increased its popularity among the people.
Even with a great connection with the British, French culture empathically remained in the islands. About 70% of the population have family names of French origins as compared to only 20% of British origins.
Local handicrafts such as batik, tablemats and jewellery ornaments made from green snail shells are widely available. In Seychelles, there is little nightlife, but, there are places where you can enjoy local music with dancing and barbeque.