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Thaipoosam Cavadee has a strong religious significance, it recalls the birth of Lord Muruga. The festival is preceded by ten days of fasting. Devotees would eat only vegetarian meals on these days and would abstain from carnal pursuits

Kung Hei Fat Choy

Posted: 15/02/2017

Tags: culture | festival | food |

The Chinese Spring Festival is a public holiday in Mauritius. Depending on the lunar calendar, it is celebrated either at the end of January or at the beginning of February

Pilgrims across the country walked to Grand Bassin with their Kanwars (a wooden structure with elaborate decorations) to celebrate the night of Lord Shiva. Grand-Bassin, the sacred lake is also known as Ganga Talao.

Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Ganpati is celebrated in Mauritius on the 26th of August.

Most mauritians belonging to the Hindu community celebrate Divali today. It is one of the most festive celebrations on the island. Weeks before the event, shelves and stalls at the markets and supermarkets are laden with sweet potatoes, special flours, earthen lamps and fairy lights.

The streets in the capital city are lit up by the huge drawings on the then dull high buildings. The Por Lwi festival held in 2015 and 2016 attracted thousands of visitors from around the island.

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