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"Partying in Madagascar" Top 5 Page for this destination Madagascar Favorite Tip by Norali

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  Famadihana open-air parties
by Norali

Favorite thing: Well, it's a bit weird to put it after a "Poverty' tip but hey, it's a Malagasy feature too...

Malagasy people are amongst real partyers. I don't even talk about official, planned parties.

Rather talk about the ability of getting it to party while few people are together. It happens so often that when you have a family meeting, one decides to play either live music either a Cd or even.. a cassette (!). Some begin dancing then one suggests to throw a party... After pushing up furniture in order to improvise a dancefloor, partying till dawn.

It's easy to heat up the ambience with just some guitar and harmonica as well. Audience claps hands and sing acapella, accompanying instruments. Traditional songs, ballads are then reviewed... Families use to have some amateur music players so it's always useful in those cases. It's even more interesting when one of the youngsters is a DJ and has his mix-board home..

Off course, alcohol, cooked meat, meatballs, kebabs and sambos help... But one dish is really welcomed when partying till dawn: vary amin'anana. This is a dish made of soft rice cooked with diverse leaves and diced beef meat with onions and ginger. Eat it with kebabs or sausages. With this, the night is yours!! You need it especially in winter, it keeps warm.

This feature is imported in Europe as well. Malagasy communities are used to that simple gatherings end up with parties. It takes one hour 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...

Fondest memory: Unplanned parties at family meetings...

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2003
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