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Famadihana (literally, the 'turning of the bones') is the name given to the traditional exhumations of dead ancestors by the Betsileo and Merina people. Famadihana are joyous and intense occasions, which occur in ea…
Music in Nosy Be


Every year around Pentecost (late May or early June), Nosy Be holds a week-long music festival known as the Donia. Groups from Madagascar, neighbouring islands such as the Comoros, Réunion and Mauritius, and France …
Parade in Ambodifotatra

Whale Festival

If you're on Île Sainte Marie during the first two weeks of July, you can't miss the Whale Festival. It's a huge event that takes place just as the humpback whales arrive: there's a big parade, games, stalls, exhibi…
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Circumcision festivals held by most ethnic groups between June and September, and in November and December in the southwest.
Performing Arts in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

Zegny’Zo Festival

In the third week of May, street theatre and traditional music are showcased in the streets of Diego Suarez.
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A ritual purification ceremony of the Antakàrana people in June.
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The first rice harvest held in April/May.
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Alahamady Be

The low-key Malagasy New Year in March.