Famadihana, exhumation or turn of the dead

This cultural trip in Madagascar consist to turn of the dead or « Famadihana ». This is a highland culture in generally but more practical among the Merina. For the Malagasy people, there is a rather special relationship between the living people and the dead or ancestors. The principle is that ancestors are the power to communicate and help the living pepole by connecting them with God or “Zanahary”. The « Famadihana » takes place from 5 to 10 years according to family system, the ceremony consists of repatriating a deceased person to the family tomb or exhuming the remains of one or more dead by offering them new ones shrouds during the dry season July to September. This is a great reconciling opportunity and bringing together all the members of the big family by getting to know each other.

You could add Famadihana in your cultural tour in Madagascar

Famadihana periods: August and September

Combined tours

Sakalava Fitampoha ceremony

The Fitampoha ceremony or Bath of the Sakalava Royal Relics consists of washing relics of ancient kings in the Tsiribihina River on Ampasy Island near Belo sur Tsiribihina, the ceremony of fitampoha is celebrated every five years and lasts for one week except fady days. or banned on Mondays and Wednesdays. The fitampoha translates into bathing royal relics, zebu sacrifices, folk dances or kilalaky, songs, « tromba » whose deaths speak through possessed and sexual orgies that symbolize chaos in the beginning before the arrival of the sovereign « zanahary » or God.


See you in 2021

Guaranteed departure, combined tour with “Trip down Tsiribihina River and Tsingy of Bemaraha”