Festivals and Events in Madagascar

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The celebrations and festivals that give travellers and tourists a taste of the local culture are Alahamady Be- the low key Malagasy New Year celebrated in March. The Donia is the traditional music festival held on Nosy Be in the months of May or June.

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Other festivals include the Christian celebrations of Christmas and Easter and the ethnic festivals of Fisemana and Famadihana. The former is a ritual purification ceremony practised by the Antakàrana people in June and the latter is the traditional 'turning of the bones' burial ceremony takes place from June to September. The Gasytsara is a contemporary music festival held in the capital Antananarivo and is a popular tourist attraction.