The population of Reunion is ethnically mixed, a unique Reunion identity which is expressed by living together harmoniously, and exemplary at an international scale. These Europeans, French, Malagasy, Portuguese, Africans, Arabs, Indians and Chinese have kept their origins, their music, their cuisine, their traditions, their religions which remain above all the legacy of ancestors.

On 20 December or the “Fèt Kaf” is a public holiday in Reunion to commemorate the abolition of slavery which occurred on 20 December 1848. There are many festivities all over the island to mark this occasion. The people of Reunion get together to celebrate, with music, freedom and the identity of Reunion all over the island (Saint-Pierre, Saint-Denis, Sainte-Suzanne, Saint-Paul, Saint-Leu, Saint-Joseph, Etang-Salé ...).

A rich programme of events is organized by associations and brings together all generations: street events , colourful float parades, singing and traditional dances concerts / kabars , moraingy demonstrations , conferences and debates, exhibitions , workshops and poetry about the history of slavery, the history of  Maloya, listed in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2009, will thus be retraced and punctuate this memorable day.