Enjoying a host of events and with entertainment to mark every occasion, Seychelles celebrates various Public Holidays throughout the year.
New Year’s Day
The first of the islands' annual holidays is New Year's Day. At the stroke of midnight, a colourful firework display lights up the night sky to welcome in the new year. This is traditionally a family time in Seychelles, although the community spirit spills right across the islands - with public firework displays and parties with DJs that welcome one and all.
Seychelles' Christians observe Good Friday with worship and prayer, with processions taking place on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue that attract hundreds of people. Many Christians in Seychelles spend the rest of the day praying, fasting and attending church to prepare for the traditional Easter Sunday feast.
1st May is Labour Day! This annual public holiday is aimed at celebrating Seychelles' economic, social and moral progress, honouring the nation's achievements and reaffirming its commitment to protecting workers' rights. It is traditional for the President to give a speech on Labour Day.
Liberation Day on 5th June celebrates the anniversary of the 1977 coup, when the nation was liberated from the government installed by the British. It wasn't a violent coup, as the sitting president left for a visit to the UK and the Prime Minister took over the running of the country, continuing to do so for the next 17 years.
Corpus Christi Day
Corpus Christi Day on 15th June is a religious holiday to commemorate the institution of the Eucharist. The festival of Corpus Christi - Latin for "the body of Christ" - is celebrated by Roman Catholics, with holy mass and processions through the streets.
National Day on 18th June celebrates the implementation of a multi-party democracy in Seychelles. Thousands of people take part in celebratory events such as parades, music concerts and the presidential speech. Independence Day (29th June) celebrates Seychelles becoming an independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1976.
Assumption Day is on 15th June. The La Digue Festival of the Assumption attracts hundreds of tourists. This is a major religious event with a large procession, religious celebrations, cultural activities for people of all ages, fun contests such as tug-of-war and a chance to sample a feast of local cuisine.
All Saints’ Day
All Saints' Day on 1st November is a public holiday and a major Christian festival, when saints are honoured with church services throughout the Seychelles and lighted candles are placed on the graves of loved ones. On 8th December, the celebration of Immaculate Conception takes place, marking the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary.
Christmas Day in Seychelles is a time of great celebration. With Seychelles enjoying warm weather all year round, it's a chance for tourists to spend Christmas in a sunny, relaxing climate to escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season at home.
Nestling amongst the palm trees, tourists wishing to experience any of the Public Holidays can enjoy the delights of a top-quality Seychelles beach resort. Come and soak up the sun at the prestigious Savoy Resort and Spa on Mahé and be amazed by the breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean.