lunes, 9 de marzo de 2020

National parties and great fun!

Do you want to spend some time while in Madagascar? We'll be showing you the great holidays they have through this update!

First of all we need to say that Malagasians celebrate many festivals similar to ours. They have many other days to celebrate we are going to talk about. For Malagasians the soul is immortal, because of this we can now understand one of the most popular parties in Madagascar: Famadihana Festival.

Famadihana Festival:

This festival is celebrated once every six or seven years and there's not a specific date for it. In the celebration people exhume their deceased relatives and they carry their loved beings on top of their head and create a procession back to the village or to a special place where they will continue the ceremony. During this ceremony alive Malagasians share their food, drinks and even dance with the bodies.

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Famadihana Festival in Madagascar

Baby related:

Something which would look weird to us is the tradition of burying the umbilical cord of the newborn. Something that they usually do too is cutting a lock of hair off the baby when they are three months old, this lock is mixed with honey and roots and the relatives of the child eat this mixture as an initiation ritual.

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Children in Madagascar

Beginning of the year:
They like celebrating it with the same as us, the catholic New Year day, and the Taom-baovao, Malagasian's New Year day, whose date is not determined and changes every year.

Saint Vincent de Paul:
These holidays are based on the universal regret and compassion. During this day you can see all the great local theatre plays from Hira-gashi. You'll also be able to admire the fireworks in the capital.

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lunes, 2 de marzo de 2020

What to eat in Madagascar?

Mmmmm... I'm in Madagascar and starving, but I don't know where or what to eat, what are the best dishes in Madagascar?

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When we talk about Madagascar we may think about seafood, as it's an island. They have a huge variety of food which bring to us great explosions of flavour to our palate that surprise us and make us enjoy the great culture and GASTRONOMY.

Cuisine in Madagascar is influenced by Arabia, China, France and India. The most common ingredients which give flavour to the dishes are onions, garlic, ginger, mild curry, salt and tomatoes.
They include almost in every single dish the ingredient LAOKA

Rice with laoka
Rice with laoka

There's nothing much to say about SEAFOOD, except that is delicious, because they eat the same kinds of shellfish. They also have great dishes involving meat and rice. Some of the specialities in the country are akoho sy voanio (a chicken dish with coconut), foza sy hena-kisoa (a stir-fried pork, crab and rice dish) and kitoza (long pieces of smoked, fried meat). Here are some pictures so you can have a look:

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Akoho sy voanio

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Foza sy hena-kisoa

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lunes, 17 de febrero de 2020

Madagascar politics

Hope you've just had a great week!

We were thinking about what to write on this blog when suddenly, a news report was talking about politics in our country. So, we will be explaining you the Madagascar POLITICAL SYSTEM.

Madagascar is currently defined as what we know as a DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. A democratic republic is a country led by a president, in this case Andry Rajoelina who was chosen in January 2019, who is supposed to take all decisions that will affect the country. 

But, under this same title a lot of SHADY COUNTRIES' POLITICIANS hide from the fact that the country that they are leading is actually a dictatorship. If you surf the Web for long enough, in the case you don't live/have lived or know anyone in Madagascar, you can discover that the base of a democratic country, people's voice and opinion, is being manipulated by vote-buying.

In addition to this, there's proof that Madagascar leaders often being disrespectful with their own constitution by not obeying essential laws. There is more to democracy than elections. 

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"True democracy requires the rule of law, a free press, and accountability for elected officials, no matter how powerful they may be. Madagascar has none of the above. But far too often, we allow counterfeit democracies like it to pass as the real thing." -Foreign Policy 

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