Global Impact- Travel Experience
Madagascar is a beautiful place to visit. The island is located at a latitude of 20° 00' S and a longitude of 47° 00' E.. it's super hot there, but it's colder up the mountains. it's very dry in the south and west regions. Some neighbouring countries are Island of Reunion, Mauritius, Comoro, and Mayotte.
There are lots of stunning rivers in Madagascar. You may want to see these rivers called Mahajamba, Betsiboka, Ikopa, Mania, T Siribihina, Mangoky, and Onilahy. There are Savannas, Deciduous Broadleaf forest, Deciduous Needleleaf forest, Evergreen Broadleaf forest, Evergreen Needleleaf forest, and Mixed forest.
The capital city of Madagascar is Antananarivo. Some other major cities ther are Ansiranana, Mahajanga, Toamasina, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, and Toliara.
Madagascar has two official languages. They speak French and Malagasy. Some also speak English, but it's not an offical language.
The population of Madagascar is about 22.3 million, last recorded on 2012.
You may be wondering what you will be eating there. Most of the food there are based on rice. They are often served with fish, meat, chicken, or beans. They probably sound familiar. But they make the food very appetizing. The side dish is often vegitables (leafy) in a broth.
The Malagasy celebrate independence day on June 26. On December 30, they celebrate the Anniversary of the Republic of Madagascar. You may want to join the music festivals on May or June in Nosy Be (Donia music festival).
- Famadihana- This is a cerimony when they wrap the remains of relatives in new shroud before returning to their resting place.
- Burial practices-This is the time when they give lots of care to their relative's resting places.
- Royal relics bathing- Royal relics taken from sanctuary and bathed in Tsiribinina River.
You probably should keep in mind of what they wear. The traditional clothing in Madagascar is called a lamba. They usually wear it when they go visit the hospital or the doctor. Most people wear a lamba when there was a death that happened in the neighbourhood.
The modern music in Madagascar is mostly influenced by music of the countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, South Aferica, Congo, France, etc. The nature of music in the coastal regionsis very rhythmic. Island music is softer and slow.
Did you know that about 160 million years ago, Madagascar was seperated from Aferican mainland? About 80 million years ago, it broke away from India.
The political system of Madagascar runs under a republican governmental framework. The government is divided into the legislative branch, the executive branch and the judicial branch. There is a president and a prime minister.
You could be a part of an activity like building wells or schools with them. You can teach them English. Help them carry water to their homes. You can also plant trees with them. You can help them in many different ways that you may find that it is fun.
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