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4 not-to-be missed festivals that will immerse you into the Mauritian culture

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févr. 14, 2018

4 not-to-be missed festivals that will immerse you into the Mauritian culture

If you are ready to go on holiday in Mauritius or Rodrigues, this time of the year is ideal for you to make the most of the unique multicultural experience that both islands have to offer. Immerse yourself in this rich and diversified culture by joining Mauritians for these important events in February and March.

Maha Shivaratree

During the 3 days preceding the great night of Lord Shiva, thousands of Hindu pilgrims converge towards the sacred lake of Grand Bassin located in the South of Mauritius, where they pour water on the shiva lingam, a symbolic representation of the deity. Some of them carry kanwars which are well-decorated bamboo structures, while singing religious songs. Regardless of your religion and beliefs, you are most welcome to join in and share this mystical experience with the devotees.

Chinese Spring Festival

Let the sound of firecrackers, drums and cymbals guide you to the wonderful street performances. You will marvel at the beautiful parades, particularly the dragon and lion dance. On this occasion, numerous hotels propose a special package including delicious buffets and traditional Chinese performances.


This colourful Hindu festival is worth seeing! Join the crowd dressed in white and let your inner child have fun by throwing a handful of coloured powder at others. Each colour has a special meaning: orange for optimism, green for harmony, and so on.

If you would like to create a bond with Mauritians and learn more about their various traditions, do not hesitate to indulge in the Local Flavours itinerary between Mauritius and Rodrigues, for real local experience. 

Valentine’s Day

In addition to cultural events, couples will be delighted to share tender moments in a beautiful setting. Many hotels such as Veranda Paul et Virginie and LUX* Grand Gaube will welcome you for some quality time with your partner. A romantic dinner on the white sandy beach, spa treatments and massages... All the elements are combined to make you fall in love again!

On the 12th March, Mauritians will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Independence of the island. Other upcoming festivals include Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, and Easter. Indeed, it’s the perfect time to learn everything you’ve always wanted about the history, the customs and traditions of the people in Mauritius and Rodrigues, while enjoying the festive atmosphere. Because it is never too late for holidays under the tropics...

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