Thousands heading to La Digue island in Seychelles

New this year for the opening ceremony of the Feast of the Assumption will be a regrouping of La Digue musicians coming from all over the islands of Seychelles, and they will have the honor of performing and officially launching their island’s 2016 celebrations.

The August 15 Religious Feast will this year provide a very long weekend for the thousands who are set to travel to the island of La Digue as they have done every year. The La Digue religious feast is one of the most popular in the islands, and for years this Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption of Mary has attracted thousands for the High Mass celebrated by the Seychelles Bishop Wiehe as well as for the festival-like celebrations that take place at La Passe, the main center of the island.

With night fairs and Bal Kreol, as well as the traditional Yatch Race from Mahe to La Digue, musical shows by Joseph Sinon as well as one by Philip Toussaint and Marie-Antoinette Dodin, a bicycle race, a La Digue Relay Challenge and a Triathlon Competition, and a Sega Competition and Beach Party, the Organizing Committee said that the four-day celebrations on the island will this year be full of fun once again. Even a Children’s Village at the Fun Park has been organized for this August 15 Feast.

The highlight of the event will be the Mass at Saint Mary’s Church at 9 am on Monday, August 15, which will be celebrated by Bishop Denis Wiehe. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Bishop Wiehe’s episcopal ordination.

Hotels and guest houses on the island have been putting out stop sales declaring full occupancy, and the ferry service from Mahe is said to be full even with the many extra runs that have been programmed.