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Party in the streets: Seychelles capital welcomes 2016

Victoria, Seychelles | January 1, 2016, Friday @ 10:45 in Entertainment » ARTS & CULTURE | By: Fabienne Fardial and Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 3131
Party in the streets: Seychelles capital welcomes 2016

In Seychelles, several thousand island residents and visitors came together at the Place de la Republique at the Stade Popiler for the third annual New Year’s Eve street party.(Patrick Joubert Seychelles News Agency)

(Seychelles News Agency) - In Australia they gather at the Sydney Habour. In Britain they meet at Trafalgar Square. In New York the place to be is Times Square.

In Seychelles, several thousand island residents and visitors came together at the Place de la Republique at the Stade Popiler for the third annual New Year’s Eve street party.

The number “Lannen I Ale” — which means “there goes the year” — from well known singer George Payet resonated across Victoria as the crowd sang and danced along. A long list of local entertainers helped bring in the New Year in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, a group of islands in the western Indian Ocean. These included musical group ‘Tanmi’ Musical together with other much loved local musicians Allen  Camille, John Wirtz and Patrick Victor.

 A long list of local entertainers helped bring in the New Year in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles (Patrick Joubert Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY                     

“Those who wanted to celebrate together met in Victoria,” said Basil Bouchereau, owner of Kasamba Production, which helped put on the new year party.

SNA met with a few people in the capital who shared their reflections on 2015 and their resolutions for 2016.

“2015 was a good year generally. I achieved all the objectives I had set, but there were ups and downs and that’s normal,” said Maggie, a resident who gave only her first name. “For 2016, I will try to be more cautious with how much I spend.”

Gerry Malvina told SNA that 2015 was generally a difficult year for him and his hopes are that 2016 is more prosperous.

“It was a year of struggles. I am praying for a better year in 2016,” said Malvina.

Julia William, 23, said 2015 was a year of achievement and loss. “I graduated in my study programme in 2015, but I also lost people I loved. I am hoping for the best for 2016,” said William. 

(Patrick Joubert Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY       
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