Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian
Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and
tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an
unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience
unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders
above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you
will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’ – a realisation that will
compel you to return to Mauritius’ shores time and again...
Visitors to Mauritius often find themselves in a state of delight and
surprise as they tour the island – not least when they meet Mauritian
people for the very first time.
This is a country that appears to be at a cross-roads with many other
lands. The population of Mauritius is incredibly diverse. There are
people of Indian descent (Indians, Tamils, Marathis, Muslims), those
of Creole lineage (with their Malagasy and African origins), families
of Sino-Mauritians (from the Far East), and finally groups of Franco
Today, Mauritius’ Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians are united
– to quote the national anthem – as “one people… one nation, in peace,
justice and liberty”. Together, they make a vital contribution to the
island’s multi-ethnic identity.
Culture Events :
Several religious festivals are
celebrated on Mauritius, exemplifying just how multicultural the
island really is. The country’s streets come alive with parades
celebrating the Chinese Spring Festival, the processions of the Tamil
Cavadi, the Hindu pilgrimage to the Grand Bassin, the Catholic
pilgrimage to the tomb of the Blessed Jacques Désiré Laval in Port
Louis, and the annual Muslim re-enactment of Abraham’s sacrifice of
Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures
and religions. Our population coming from three continents has brought
traditions and beliefs from their ancestral countries. Religious
festivals are celebrated in a spirit of peace and harmony throughout
Dec / Jan / Feb :
Fire Walking: This Tamil ceremony
takes place between December and February. After ten days of
purification, meditation and praying, penitents go to the temple where
they walk slowly across a pit of burning coal – said to represent the
outstretched sari of Draupadee – before dipping their feet in milk to
is an important time for joy and sharing in the Indian calendar.
During this frenzied but always good-natured event, men, women and
children throw coloured water and powder on each other while wishing
one another good fortune.
Id-El- Fitr: Signalling
the end of Ramadan – the fasting
for people of Muslim faith – Id-El-Fitr sees participants exchanging
gifts, giving alms to the poor, and visiting their families and
friends to wish them good fortune for the months ahead.
Thaipoosum Cavadee: Celebrated in honour
of God Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva, Thaipoosum Cavadee is not only
the most important festival in the Tamil calendar, but also the most
spectacular. After ten days of fasting and prayers in January /
February, devotees embark on a pilgrimage to local Kovils (Tamil
temples). Throughout the procession, these devotees carry ‘cavadees’:
carved, wooden structures decorated with leaves, flowers, fruits and
photographs of saints, each designed to honour Lord Muruga. The
celebration has gained notoriety in recent years because many of the
devotees pierce certain parts of their anatomy with fine needles,
including their cheeks, backs and chests.
March / April
12th of March, National Day:
Independence Day is celebrated with great national pride all the way
festival celebrates the New Year of the
Telegu – an Indian ethnic group – and is characterised by the
preparation of elaborate family meals, cultural shows and the
distribution of prayers, cakes and sweets between relatives and
August / September
Ganesh Chaturthi: Celebrated by Hindus
on of the fourth day of the lunar month in August / September, this
festival commemorates the birth of the Hindu God Ganesh. Small
replicas of the God, with its elephant head, are taken to the beaches
or to riverbanks so they can be immersed before sunset.
Père Laval pilgrimage: Every 9th
September, Mauritians of all faiths walk or drive to Sainte-Croix near
Port Louis to visit the tomb of the Blessed Jacques Désiré Laval – the
‘Apostle of the Black People’. The celebration around Père Laval, who
is believed to have healing powers, reminds us of the fervour of the
Lourdes pilgrimage in France. Interestingly, Father Laval was the
first person beatified in the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
Divali: Celebrated in October / November, Divali marks the victory of
Rama over Ravana: of light (truth) over darkness (ignorance). It also
commemorates Krishna’s destruction of the demon Narakasuram.
this festival, small clay lamps are lined up on walls and balconies
and in yards. They are lit at sunset and their golden beams – believed
to guide the Goddess of wealth and good fortune into the lantern
owner’s house – can be seen everywhere across the island.
Best Time to Visit
Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are
rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most
pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and
June and between September and December.
As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and
winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe.
Summer: November to April
The weather is hot and humid during these months, with peaks in
temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and
Rainfall is abundant, especially on the central plateau. The highest
rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March.
Daylight hours typically run from 5.30am to 7.00pm.
This is the best time for scuba diving – especially December through
to March – and for deep-sea fishing.
The cyclonic season extends right the way through from November to
April. Most of the time, the cyclones manage to avoid Mauritius
because of the small size of the island. However, if they come close
enough, the bad weather may affect vegetation and certain wooden
buildings. Please rest assured that beach resorts have been
constructed in such a way as to be able to resist strong cyclonic
Winter: May to October
The temperature is cooler during this season, and prevailing winds
tend to blow over the island from the east and south-east.
The lowest temperatures are felt in August (20°C on the coast).
Daylight hours typically run from 6.45am to 5.45pm.
This is the best season for surfing (June to August).
On the central plateau, which is some 600 metres above sea level, the
average day temperature is between 20°C in August and 26°C in