Culture in Mauritius

The rich culture of Mauritius is awaiting your discovery!

Population, religion, festivities and languages: the key word in Mauritius is diversity. Discover the culture of Mauritius during your next All-Inclusive holiday.

THE CULTURE OF MAURITIUS REFLECTED IN ITS HISTORY

Discovered by the Arabs in the 8th century, then by the Portuguese at the end of the 15th century, the island will be inhabited by the Dutch in the 16th century. Mauritius comes from the first name of the Prince of Nassau, Mauritius. The island became a French colony at the beginning of the 18th century, then an English colony until its independence in 1968. Located in the southwestern Indian Ocean, north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has been a republic since 1992. With a surface area of 1,864 km², the island of volcanic origin is made up of a main island, Mauritius, and other outlying islands such as Rodrigues. It faces Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya, 2,000 km away, and is 800 km from Madagascar.

During your stay in Mauritius, you will quickly be enchanted by its diverse populate of 1.25 million inhabitants mixing Creoles, Indians, Chinese, Franco-Mauritians.

Two thirds of the population are of Indian descent, but the official language of Mauritius is English with Creole or French secondary. The cultural diversity is also evident in the rich gastronomy with flavours from India like curry or vindaye (better known as vindaloo) and rougail (a tomato-based dish with a variety of recipes) from Reunion Island.

A famous Mauritian novel

“Paul and Virginia” is the most famous novel in Mauritius by the French writer Bernardin de Saint Pierre. Published in 1787, it tells the story of two young lovers against a backdrop of slavery in the heart of Mauritian society during the French colonial period.

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RELIGION IN MAURITIUS

Spending a holiday in Mauritius is to taste a mix of a rare richness and the religion in Mauritius is no exception. Hindus (80% of the population), Muslims, Buddhists and Christians participate in the culture of Mauritius, and provide the opportunity to experience major pilgrimages and festivities such as the Chinese New Year, the Night of Mir'aa, the Great Basin Pilgrimage or the Lantern Festival.

Temples, mosques and churches adorn the island even if Christians are in the minority. For a unique experience attend mass on a Sunday in the sublime church of Cap Malheureux, facing the Indian Ocean.

For an incredible celebration, make sure your holiday falls over 12 March – the date of the country's independence.

CHRISTMAS IN MAURITIUS

Aapravasi Ghat, classified by UNESCO

Built by hand after the abolition of slavery, the Aapravasi Ghat site welcomed the first immigrants from Mauritius who came to work on the sugar cane plantations between 1834 and 1920. Reflecting Mauritian history and being an integral part of the culture of Mauritius, the site has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2006.

A FESTIVE ISLAND ALL YEAR ROUND!

Culture in Mauritius is an incredible experience with each month dedicated to one or more festivities. Dancing and music varying from ancestral and religious traditions bring everyone together. Tolerance is an art of living in Mauritius, and you can enjoy it during your stay.

If you’re in Mauritius during August and early September, you could attend Ganesh Chaturthi, the national Hindu festival celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha – god of wisdom.

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