Madagascar Independence Day

June 25th, 2012 , I was on the road from Morondava to go back to Antananarivo. I didn’t really realize it was Independence Day’s Eve. I was still sad to leave Morondava so soon, just look at those pictures and you’ll understand why…


Allée des Baobabs – Morondava


Sunset – Morondava

Surpised I was when I discovered that in every single village, town, city we passed by, the streets were crowded : at Miandrivazo, we had to take another road because the main street was too much crowded, they had to cut it off for cars. We could see children holding their “arendrina” (lanterns) and having many stuff blinking on them, and the parents were looking after them.

We arrived around 00:30 AM in Antananarivo. We could see folks, mainly young people, walking all along the street, I guess to go back home. Surely they had to “walk” because of lack of buses or too much traffic jam, … or both after the fireworks. Some of them were well covered, conscious, even laughing and having fun. Some walked like zombies … sleepy maybe… And one I saw : two of his buddies had him on their shoulders because he couldn’t walk, this time I’m sure he was damn completely drunk !

June 26th, 2012 … well, I slept most the day… but when the sun went down, I went outside with my nephew, niece, cousins to hang their “arendrina” on.



I was a little sad I didn’t have one 😦 . My niece were so kind she said I could have her “magic stick”. It’s a stick with many little lights on it and blinks in a dark … And then we sang the famous song :

“Arendrina taratasy oooo ! may may may !

‘zay tsy faly tsy m’lalao aminay!”

(Paper lanterns! burn, burn burn!  Those  who are not happy don’t play with us)

Actually, one of the arendrina get burned … It was not mine, but it was sad anyway.



Only few people have lanterns in papers with candle inside. Nowadays, they have a plastic lanterns with a bubble light inside … I don’t like it! Those people should sing this instead then :

“Arendrina platic oooo! Lany pile, lany pile, lany pile”

(Plastic lanterns! low batteries, low batteries, low batteries)

After few firecrakers, a private little firework, many smile and laughter, everyone got back to their home.

That is how I spent my National Independence Day. I read a lots of comment saying they don’t want to celebrate the Independence Day because “Madagascar has never been independent, it’s just a disguise to hide the truth that we are still dependant, even colonized in a modern way ” or “why celebrate it? we have nothing to be proud of, just look at our situation right now …”

I don’t give a shit about all those crap! It’s not because some people f*** up that I would hate my country. Plus, it was a great occasion to spend quality time with family!

I am proud to be Malagasy. I love Madagascar, that’s why I celebrated The National Independence Day … in my way!


“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
Ronald Reagan

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln 

“Love your country.  Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love … ”

Giuseppe Mazzini

Picture to make you smile


The Magic Stick