"When sun goes down..." Malaza Local Custom Tip by Norali

Malaza Local Customs: 16 reviews and 16 photos

  Sunset over Laniera ricefields
by Norali

I let you have a glimpse on a typical day-party... when it comes to a nocturnal party, there should be some extra tasks... Yes! extra tasks.. but you'll see, it's all in the excitement and the enthusiasm of readying for a long-waited party.

The extra tasks are mainly related to food. The key is to find a dish that is able to sustain and keep you awake & warm at night (esp. for winter nights - winter being the season of many Merina celebrations: famadihana, for instance but also occasional celebrations such as end of last academic term, graduation parties, wedding balls, the launching of a house building, birthdays ...etc). OK, think carb. Off course, alcohol, cooked meat, meatballs, kebabs and sambos help... But one dish is really sought after when partying till dawn: vary amin'anana. This is a dish made of soft rice (vary) cooked with anana, the thinly sliced leaves (a spinach-related species, watercress, cabbages, parsnip leaves, green onions... ) and diced beef meat with onions, dried shrimps, voanjobory (pea) and ginger. Eat it with kebabs or sausages and chili or more ginger (use to hate chili but raw ginger is ok). With this, the night is yours!!

Very often, you'd always find helping hands in big families. If it's a simple get-together, some cousins will join forces to shop for ingredients, others will work on vary amin'anana, others on the meats... it's all fun when you tackle tasks with others. The boys ? well, they shop for the drinks (to make sure beer is in abundance, maybe ? hihi), will push furnitures, will arrange the parking lot and clean the whole place.

This feature is imported in Europe as well. Malagasy communities are used to simple gatherings ending up with parties. It takes one hour or two to buy food and drinks, find the room, push away furniture... if you have a chance to be invited to a Malagasy party, go!! It's such an ambiance...

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  • Updated May 21, 2005
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