17 Nov Mauritius and its Amazing Mix of Culture
New York Statue of Liberty
The Streets of New York
New York Ferry Routes Services
Lovely Lunch at Brooklyn Bridge Hotel
On the way to Dumbo
Mauritius is one multicultural island! Thanks to consecutive waves of immigration in the past Mauritius is a mix of Asian, African, Indian and European influences. Who’s missing?
What language do Mauritians speak?
As a direct consequence of this cultural variety, numerous languages are spoken in Mauritius. And yet there is no official language: The most common language is the French-based Mauritian Creole but the administrative language is English, and French is the language most widely spoken every day! In addition to that there are also some dialects within the Chinese and Hindu communities…
But as a traveler, don’t worry, you’ll definitely be able to enjoy your stay speaking either English or French. And believe me, thanks to the incredible Mauritian Welcome, you’ll want to stay longer next time!
Mauritius and its religious diversity too..
Thanks to this rich ancestral melting pot, the country’s culture allows the various Hindu, Tamil, Muslim, Christian and Buddhist religious communities to live together in mutual tolerance and respect. As you travel around the country you’ll come across temples, churches and mosques. I really recommend you try and join one of the numerous celebrations at different times of the year and share this element of Mauritians’ culture! It can be amazing.
For a few highlights:
- If you visit in August, be sure to take part in Vinayakar Chathurthi, a Tamil festival that takes place on public beaches. (Pict Vinayakar).
- With the Hindu community the celebrations to look out for are Diwali in November (celebration of Lights), or Mara Shivatree in March. (Diwali & Mara Shivatree pictures)
- All year long but especially at Christmas, Easter or special events (communions, baptisms, weddings…), try and experience the mess at the Church of Grand Baie des Anges or Cap Malheureux. (Picture Cap Malheureux church)
- December 31 is also a huge celebration in Mauritius with a typical barbecue on the beach and followed by firework displays, and firecrackers here and there. It’s truly a festive moment that all Mauritians love.
- And because you get it all in Mauritius… you could also take the opportunity of a trip to celebrate the Chinese New Year in January.
This is Mauritius!
Celebrations and festivities are a big part of Mauritian culture and there are many opportunities for communities to mix with each other…