The name Mauritius rolls off the tongue like an idyllic destination, and it is. Mauritius is lush with beaches and crystalline waters, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Just make sure to steer clear of these holidays so you get to places that are historically important in one of the country’s darkest kept secret: the slave trade.
Star At Its Highest Point Festival – This Hindu festival is mostly celebrated by the Tamil community of Mauritius. The Hindu devotees celebrate this day on which their God Shiva has created a great warrior leader to help them win a battle.
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Abolition of Slavery – Slavery leaves a bad taste in the mouth. This festivity is held in honor of the day when slavery has been abolished forever in Mauritius.
Friday, 1 February 2013
Chinese New Year´s Day – The year 2013 will be the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar. It’s celebrated with fireworks and a lot of decoration using the color red.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Labor Day – This public holiday honors the workers and the effort they put into increasing the economic output of the country.
Friday, 1 March 2013
The Night of Shiva – This festival in the Mauritius calendar is another Hindu celebration in honor of the God Shiva. During the Festival, Hindus will travel to the Grand Bassin and collect Holy Water from it.
Sunday, 10 March 2013
National Day – Also called Independence Day this day marks the day when Mauritius finally gained its independence from France in March 1968. On the same date in 1992, Mauritius became a republic, so on this holiday both events are celebrated.
Tuesday, 12 march 2013
The Birth of Ganesh -This Hindu festival celebrates the birth of the Hindu God Ganesh. He is referred to as the God of Wisdom and is one of the main deities of Hinduism.
Monday, 9 September 2013
Father Laval Day – This day celebrates the birth of Jacques Désiré Laval, a French priest who was very famous for being a protector of the slaves. His shrine, which is located in Sainte Croix in Port Louis is the main location of celebrations.
Monday, 9 September 2013
All Saints’ Day – This day is a Christian Holiday, which honors all the saints that have died but not yet reached the heavens. On this day in the Mauritius calendar 2013, people visit their departed and offer prayers.
Friday, 1 November 2013
The Arrival of Indentured Laborers Day – This public holiday in the Mauritius calendar 2013 commemorates the day when indentured laborers arrived in Mauritius, a country that played an important role in slave trade.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Christmas Day – A large part of Mauritius population are Christians, which is the reason for Christmas being an important holiday there. Christians in Mauritius celebrate Christmas with going to church and spending time with their relatives.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Mauritius Holidays in 2013..!