Local traditions and culture in Mauritius

  • This one is there all week.
    This one is there all week.
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  • One of the vans.
    One of the vans.
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  • Ice cream too !!!!
    Ice cream too !!!!
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    Street food and cutting costs at Flic en Flac.

    by pfsmalo Written Feb 22, 2013

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    Every weekend the locals take over the beaches here and you'll see the fast food and ice cream vans roll up, mainly on Fridays to Sunday, although a couple are there all week. All weekend the Mauritiens set up tents and makeshift campsites, sit around playing music, having fun and also eating and drinking.

    Why a tip ? Well the food that can be bought at the vans is succulent. Either fried rice or noodles with chicken are very tasty but you'll also find "briani", same sort of noodles but with added spices, which Mauritius is renowned for, that you'd die for. Cost : between 2 and 3€ for a polystyrene container. For six of us we were buying 4 containers that we were eating at home, so making a really cheap meal. A great way for cutting costs.

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    Languages

    by mikelisaanna Updated Oct 17, 2009

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    Mauritius has three primary languages. The two official languages are French and English. Most tourism employees that we encountered could speak both. We found that speaking French seemed to get us slightly better treatment. In addition to French and English, most residents of Mauritius also speak Mauritian, a local creole language.

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    Respect the local culture

    by Anjan123 Written Jul 5, 2008

    Mauritius has a high (52%) hindu population and some of the hindu temples area lso places of tourist attraction.

    Please take off your shoes while entering the innner area of a temple. The enclosed photo is of a Shiv sculpture near the Ganga talao.

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    Port-Louis Central Market

    by Exomauritius Written Feb 4, 2008

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    Port-Louis Central Market is still at the heart of local life and traditions. All the ingredients are gathered to capture the essence of Mauritius: Local crafts, bright sarongs, colourful heaps of vegetables and fruits, spices, savouries filled with curry or chutney. You may not want to miss the trader selling herbal cures for all aliments. As in all markets, the insistent of voices of traders will invite you to taste the various local delicacies.

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    Flacq Market

    by Exomauritius Written Feb 2, 2008

    Flacq is one of the most important villages in Mauritius. The unavoidable meeting point for inhabitants of the eastern region, Flacq has one of the largest open-air markets. Market day is a colourful event which attracts a large number of locals and where bargaining is at its best. It can be enjoyable experience.

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    MAURICIO - GENTE Y COSTUMBRES

    by eriel78 Written May 3, 2007

    La población de Isla Mauricio es el resultado de una continua inmigración de diferentes razas procedentes de Madagascar, Europa, Africa y Asia. Este hecho ha convertido a Mauricio en un rico e interesante microcosmos étnico y cultural. Y es que cada una de estas razas ha traído su particular cosmovisión, sus creencias, sus deseos y su peculiar forma de entender la existencia. Mauricio es el encuentro de muchos mundos, es un viaje a la esencia del hombre. Y es que los atractivos de Mauricio no se reducen a sus bellas playas, a sus magníficos hoteles o exóticos restaurantes, es su gente, nacida de diferentes sangres, razas, culturas y religiones, el verdadero atractivo del país.

    A pesar de su diversidad, el común denominador de los habitantes de la isla, el rasgo que identifica a los mauricianos es, sin duda, su franca, abierta y contagiosa sonrisa. Este gesto sincero es su tarjeta de presentación. No en vano se ha denominado al país con el significativo nombre de "La sonrisa del Indico", junto a otros títulos como "El Esplendor o la Perla del Indico".

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    THE SEGA: DANCE LIKE A MAURITIAN :-)

    by Siddha3th Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Wild, exuberant... and contagious! The sega is a glorious spectacle of rhythm & music, unique to Mauritius. A dance form spawned by islanders of African origin, the sega involves rubbing your feet, and swaying your hips as gracefully as you can manage! All performed to frantic Creole lyrics, and instruments like the ravanne and the maravanne. You can catch this awesome sight at the hotel beaches, usually on a Wednesday. When the dancers pull you into their circle, just play along :)

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    Language barriers

    by kixon Written Mar 2, 2006

    Eventhough the official language is English almost everyone speaks mainly French and english if they have to or if they know how to. They also speak the islands own language, and to me (even though I don't speak french) the Maori sounded like a mix between many languages.. So grab a french pocket dictionary so U know what to do if you're in a tricky situation

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  • Indu people

    by Netraveller Updated Apr 11, 2005

    Most people in Mauricious come from India. They are very peaceful and friendly. If you visit a temple (there is a very beautiful one at the shores of a lake, usually covered with mist) you should take off your shoes before entering... It's a custom you should respect...

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    le patois créole mauricien

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 31, 2005

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    Appart from French and english there is another language spoken on the island called le patois. Unfortunetely i grew up speaking french and was never taught but i wouldnt mind learning a bit more. I find it really interesting.
    The language is a mixture of french ,african and Indian but im not sure if it has a verb structure.
    Theres even newspapers written in the language

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    Maha Shivaratree

    by Klod5 Written Nov 16, 2004

    Maha Shivaratree est une des fêtes auxquelles la communauté hindoue de l’île Maurice témoigne le plus de ferveur. D’après le calendrier lunaire, elle est célébrée le jour sans lune du mois de phalguna, soit le 18 février cette année, en l’honneur du dieu Shiva. Rendez-vous au lac sacré de Grand Bassin, destination de tout dévot qui entame le pèlerinage de Maha Shivaratree sur la route de Bois Chéri.

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    Cavadee

    by Klod5 Updated Nov 2, 2004

    One of the most distinctive Hindu holidays is the Tamil celebration Thai Poosam Cavadee, which takes place in January or February. This festival honours Muruga or Subramanya, the son of Shiva. The cavadee is a polished piece of wood shaped like an arch and decorated with palm leaves, flowers and green lemons. At the base of the cavadee are suspended pots containing milk. According to custom, devotees must carry the pots from the riverbank to the temple before the milk curdles. At the temple, the cavadee is placed before the statue of the deity and the milk is poured over the statue. In order to cleanse their souls and as a penance for their wrongdoing, the devotees pierce their bodies with needles and walk over hot coals in bare feet as part of the Cavadee ceremonies.

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    Hinduism

    by canuckmike Written Jul 15, 2004

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    The main religion in Mauritius is Hinduism. So this would be a good place to learn about this religion as there are more than 150 temples on the island. When visiting the temples dress modest as usual.

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  • Indian Festivals...

    by sg085 Written Jul 13, 2004

    As Mauritius consists of most indian population, so they do have lot's indian festivals.. almost every month has one festival.

    They do have Holy Day ( or Holy Festival..? :)) That day everyone will pour the colour powder to each other, that could be very fun.

    They do have the Sister & Brother's Day, the stalls will sell lots of the special string that either the sister will buy and tie for her siblings on the wrist, or vice versa.. It's pretty warm festival.

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    Mauritian society consists of...

    by bobbert Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Mauritian society consists of several cultures. Although everyone will tell you that ethnicity is not important and all Mauritians are friends, underneath the surface the differences continue to be important, especially in the south. Society remains divided, relations and marriages between groups are not common.
    My impression is that the widest gap lies between the Hindu part of the population and the other groups. Whereas Chinese, Creoles and Muslims can and do get along fine, Hindus, the majority, tend to stick to their own somewhat more. It is sometimes useful to keep this in mind and not just believe the racial harmony propaganda.

    Apart from that, some short observations:
    -it will be appreciated very much if you say that you prefer Mauritius above Reunion.
    -Mauritians greet each other by shaking hands (among men) or giving two kisses on the cheeck (m-f, f-f)

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