Christmas time and the end-of-year festive season is often reflected as being the cold and wintry months, but the tropical islands of the Seychelles says that there is an alternative. They have sent Christmas cards depicting their white sandy beaches with a collection of Christmas gifts piled up in a corner facing the clean and clear turquoise blue seas.
This picture-perfect beach setting is what one thinks of when the name Seychelles is mentioned. The connotation of clean and white sandy beaches with their pristine and inviting warm seas lapping these perfect beaches is what everyone says is the Seychelles, but Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, says that a Christmas in the tropics is also a highlight.
“We celebrate this end-of-year festivity in what is called the perfect weather. Seychelles remains the land of perpetual summer, as we have no winter, but we see Father Christmas arriving on a Jet Ski or in a rowing boat, and children of all ages run to get their Santa Claus Christmas gifts. A swim in the warm seas of the Seychelles on Christmas Day is something everyone can write home about,” Alain St.Ange said when quizzed about the Seychelles Tourism Board’s 2011 Christmas Card.
Seychelles remains very much a Roman Catholic base, but every faith and religious denomination have also settled in Seychelles and all live their daily lives happily. “Seychelles is a melting pot of cultures because of its historical past; today the blend of all nationalities, culture, color, religion, and the perfect mix that makes up the Seychellois nation is probably what the world will become one day – one people in the one world,” Alain St.Ange said.
For those who have had the pleasure of visiting the Seychelles, it is clear that the racial and cultural harmony that exists in Seychelles is enviable. The Seychelles Tourism Board is right to say that there is more to the cold wintry months when, Seychelles, the land of perpetual summer is but a stone’s throw away, sitting pretty in the middle of the Indian Ocean.