The Festivals of Mauritius
Life in Mauritius is a unique and fascinating blend of diverse cultures and religions, with many of the locals still celebrating the traditions brought over by their ancestors. Throughout the year, religious festivals take place in an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Key festivals include:
Cavadee is one of the island's main festivals.It takes place in January and February and features fire walking and sword climbing ceremonies. During this time, followers pierce their bodies with needles.
Diwali is celebrated in October and November. One of the main Indian festivals, its purpose is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Oil lamps are lit in houses across the island, giving the impression of a sea of fairy lights.
Chinese Spring Festival takes place in January and February and celebrates the abundance of food all year round. The primary colour seen during this festival is red. At night, fireworks light up the skies.
Eid UlFitr is an Islamic festival that is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan. Taking place after a month of fasting, the celebration includes prayers and an abundance of deliciously-prepared food.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in September and marks the birth of Ganesha, a key figure in Hindu mythology.
MahaShivaratri celebrates the Hindu god Shiva and takes place during February, with followers carrying wooden arches adorned with flowers.
Holi Festival of Colour is an Indian festival where people sprinkle each other with coloured water and powder and exchange gifts and sweets.
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