The central highlands’ inhabitants are famed for their tradition called Famadihana. Scientists, sociologists and writers have been providing various definitions for this phenomenon.
It is being described as an “exhumation”, and as a “process aiming at turning bodies around”. However, scientists studying the Malagasy culture finally agreed on the fact that no foreign expression was able to describe the tradition properly.
It is actually an opportunity to give honor to their own families’ dead. The Malagasy tradition is holding the dead as being granted a superior rank, as being closer to Zanahary, the almighty Father, than the living. The Famadihana is an occasion to rejoice in family, indeed in rural regions.
The Famadihana period is a cause for increasing travels on July throughout the central highlands, and consequently an occasion to rise suburban transportation’s ticket prices
The road to the South East happens to be praised like not many other ones by travelers. Over the latest years to this day, restoration work has been making the access to this particular region of the island much easy. When hitting the National Road 12, an exploration of a place named Faraony is definitely worth the stop.[See]
Located 140 miles away from the capital city is the compulsory stopover of Antsampanana to whoever hits the road towards the eastern part of the Great Isle. Travelers get a warm welcome from Antsampanana's traditional restaurants famed across the island for the ales on their set meals. The small town of Antsampanana still has another card up its sleeve, namely a rich stock of exotic fruits.[See]
It takes no longer than a single hour on the road towards the East of the capital city to reach Mandraka, one of the few central lands' places which preserved its original beauty with success. Not many tricky tracks up to there, only drive on the 2nd National Road towards the eastern Toamasina city to avoid any off target landing[See]