Independence Day of the Seychelles occurs on June 29. Since its attainment of independence in 1976, the Seychelles have been a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Typically, the anniversary of their independence is commemorated by a citywide display of patriotic fervour and exuberance. Typically, streets are adorned with the vibrant colours of the Seychelles flag. Even the lampposts are embellished with blinking lights. The night sky is illuminated by the spectacular pyrotechnics.
The background of Seychelles Independence Day
The Seychelles archipelago is comprised of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean near the Somalian Sea’s easternmost point. Vasco da Gama spotted the islands for the first time in 1502 and christened them the Admiral Islands in his honour. Arab merchants and Malagasy immigrants then visited the islands, although evidence of their visit is still lacking. The British East India Company ship Ascension made the first recorded landing on the island in 1609, but did not establish there.
Then, 140 years later, France shifted its focus to Seychelles in an effort to establish a faster route from Mauritius to India. The French administrator of Mauritius, Bertrand-Francois Mahé de La Bourdonnais, dispatched the explorer Lazare Picault to locate the archipelago. In 1742, Picault arrived on the island that today carries the administrator’s name, Mahé.
As a consequence of the French Revolution, in 1790 the colonists established the Colonial Assembly and resolved to govern their colony. They believed that Seychelles’ land should be given to the children of current colonists, who have the right to lead the colony as they see appropriate, as opposed to Mauritius. Jean-Baptiste Queau de Quincy assumed control of the colony in 1794. He utilised his intelligence and foresight to guide Seychelles through the coming years of conflict.
Edward Madge was the first civilian administrator of the British regime. He had a bitter dispute with Quincy, who continued to serve as a Justice of the Peace. In 1964, new political movements began to emerge. In this year, the Seychelles People’s United Party (S.P.U.P. ), which subsequently evolved into the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (S.P.P.F. ), was established. They advocated socialism and independence from Britain under the leadership of France-Albert René. After elections in 1974, during which both Seychelles political parties campaigned for independence, negotiations with the British resulted in an agreement establishing Seychelles as an independent republic within the Commonwealth on June 29, 1976.
SEYCHELLES INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES
Visit a procession
The Seychelles celebrates its independence with a parade, as do other nations. Get information on the parade’s date, time, and location in advance so you can attend.
Take part online
If you are unable to travel to the Seychelles and take part in their festivities, attempt to locate online content, such as blog posts and videos, that documents the day’s activities. You may also report about the day to inform others.
Independence Day is ideal for becoming an annual celebration of your own independence. Make an effort to adopt a healthful lifestyle. Break your dependence on something such as a poor habit, an addiction, etc.
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SEYCHELLES INDEPENDENCE DAY DATES