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Basic information

  • Area: 2,040 km² (787 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +230
  • Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
  • Population (EST): 1,295,789
  • Official language: Mauritian creole, French, English
  • Time Zone: MUT (UTC+4)

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Christmas Under The Stars

Each December Mauritius holds its annual Christmas Under the Stars concert. This festive outdoor event is hosted by the Rose hill stadium and showcases the talents of local musicians.

Cavadee

One of the most fascinating and fervent festivals of the year is the Tamil festival of Cavadee. To honour Lord Murugan, devotees pierce their tongue and cheeks with sharp hooks and skewers, trance dancing their way to the temple. In spiritual tradition, many carry ornate containers of milk which must not curdle before reaching its final destination.

Maha Shivaratri

Lasting three days, Maha Shivariti is one of the largest and most important Hindu festivals outside of India. Thousands of devoted Hindu’s dressed in white make an annual pilgrimage to the lake of Grand Bassin to pay homage to Lord Shiva. At the lake, pilgrims make food offerings, bathe and bottle the sacred waters.

Cavadee

One of the most fascinating and fervent festivals of the year is the Tamil festival of Cavadee. To honour Lord Murugan, devotees pierce their tongue and cheeks with sharp hooks and skewers, trance dancing their way to the temple. In spiritual tradition, many carry ornate containers of milk which must not curdle before reaching its final destination.

Maha Shivaratri

Lasting three days, Maha Shivariti is one of the largest and most important Hindu festivals outside of India. Thousands of devoted Hindu’s dressed in white make an annual pilgrimage to the lake of Grand Bassin to pay homage to Lord Shiva. At the lake, pilgrims make food offerings, bathe and bottle the sacred waters.

Holi

The Hindu festival of Holi brings vibrant colour and chaos to the island. In honor of Lord Shiva and to celebrate harvest and fertility, bonfires are lit, powdered paint is smeared on faces, and the streets are filled with music and spirited dancing.

Easter

Mauritius has a large community of Christians, so Easter is celebrated each year. Visitors can attend church services, indulge in traditional chocolate or join an Easter egg hunt organized by hotels and resorts across the Island.

Horse Racing Season

May heralds the start of Horse racing season in Mauritius, and is usually kicked off with the classic Duchess of York Cup. Lasting four months, spectators can head down to the Champ de Mars, the oldest racecourse in the Southern hemisphere and attend one of many exciting events.

Marathon

July brings the annual marathon to Mauritius. Attracting athletes from all over the world, the race commences at Tamarin, following a breathtaking costal route, before completing at Saint Felix Beach.

Kite Surf Festival

During Kiteival, kite ride fanatics are offered the unique opportunity to surf the turquoise waters of some of the island’s most stunning spots. Spectators can enjoy displays by skilled surfers or cheer on contestants at one of the many competitive events.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birth of the Hindu god Ganesh. The streets are filled with dancing and music as devotees carry blessed statuettes of Ganesh to the island’s waters to bathe them.

Father Laval

Each September Mauritius commemorates Father Laval, a French missionary who opposed slavery. The festival unites Mauritians of all faiths, as they make a pilgrimage across the Island to pay their respects to his shrine in Ste Croix. Reminiscent of Lourdes, the shrine is believed by locals to possess miraculous healing powers.

Diwali

Each October Mauritius becomes illuminated by lights and lamps at the annual Diwali festival. Lively celebrations include street parties, an array of delicious dishes and spectacular fireworks displays.

Festival International Kréol

The festival International Kréol, celebrates the best of Creole culture in vibrant style. Parks, beaches and a variety of other venues host an eclectic programme of events including poetry readings, music and dance performances.

Christmas Under The Stars

Each December Mauritius holds its annual Christmas Under the Stars concert. This festive outdoor event is hosted by the Rose hill stadium and showcases the talents of local musicians.

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