Local traditions and culture in Mauritius

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    This one is there all week.
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    The National Museum of history in Mahebourg

    by Klod5 Written Mar 23, 2003

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    Closed since 1998 because of transformations, the museum of Mahébourg to reopened its doors in July 2000 ; it is called National Museum of history henceforth. Apart from they are a lot better presented, the objects that it offers to the look of the visitors are four more numerous times than in the past.

    The new facilities benefit from the air-conditioning and the visitors have even to their disposition of the audio-guides in Creole.

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    Danse Sega

    by Klod5 Updated Mar 20, 2003

    The Sega, traditional music of the island, is at the time born of the slavery. It is a rhythmic and bewitching music to the sound of the ravanne (big flat tambourine in skin of kid), of the triangle and the maravanne (large limps in stem of duck to sugar, full of seed).

    The public concerts of Sega always attract an important crowd.

    Even though it is not anymore the big feasts 'kiltireles' of the 80's that attracted some spectators by thousand.

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    Le Morne

    by Klod5 Written Mar 20, 2003

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    The mountain of Le Morne is for the Mauricians, the symbol of the resistance of the slaves chestnuts.
    This immense crimson brown rock detaches itself on the sky mauritian, as to recall the history of the slaves that had found shelter on the mountain.
    The day of the abolition of the slavery, he transfers to bring up the soldiers English, and thinking that one came to make them again prisoners, he preferred all to throw themselves at the bottom of the cliff.

    "Dimun dir.
    Zot dir kumkwa esklav ki res laba - lao lor sa montayn la - zot truv solda aprose, zot zetz depi lao, zot truv lamor.
    Sa malgre ki bann-la ti pe viv lor misiyon anons zot zot laliberte.
    Enn zistwar tris.
    Tro tris mem."
    Roger Moss - Le Morne

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    Botanical Garden.

    by luiggi Updated Oct 20, 2002

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    Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. The gardens are known to naturalists throughout the world for their countless species of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victorial Regia water lilies, and the talipot palm, said to flower once every sixty years and then die. The garden was created by Pierre Poivre in 1767 in the Estate of the French Governor Mahe de Labourdonnais.

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    Definitely an eclectic mixture...

    by g_beli Written Aug 26, 2002

    Definitely an eclectic mixture of Indian, European, African, Creole, and Chinese influence. You hear it in the various languages on the island, see it in the different ethnic faces, as well as taste it in the food.
    I love the greasy snacks from the markets: Dholl puri, Gateaux piment, Samoussa... And my mum loves the fresh sweet pineapples!

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    When in Mauritius it pays to...

    by nzben Written Aug 26, 2002

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    When in Mauritius it pays to make friends with the local law enforcement officers. If you run into trouble later on, a familiar face might help you out. I did get the car clamped a few weeks later for parking 1/2 inch on a double yellow tho.

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  • The RAVANE, which is a wooden...

    by Normb74 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The RAVANE, which is a wooden hoop over which has been stretched a piece of goat skin;
    The COCO, (Maracas) which represents the percussion; The TRIANGLE, a triangular piece of metal which tinkles when tapped with an iron rod.The Hawaiian and electric guitar rounds out the band. With some local rum, soon the fishing folks around the camp fire will be doing the SEGA dance. It's starts slow and builds to a frantic, and enjoyable height. All
    consuming,high-spirited and great fun.

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  • You will be offered to eat...

    by Normb74 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You will be offered to eat with the Rodrigueans at their home. Most of time fresh caught
    fish will be the fare. Fish is the main staple of Rodrigues, and there are many type, all
    very good. The people are very warm and friendly. You will not feel like a stranger with those friendly people.

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    A little geography. Diego...

    by Livermore Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    A little geography. Diego Garcia is an atoll 40 Kilometers long from tip to tip. It is never more than 2 km wide at any point along its length. Diego Garcia lies 6 degrees south the equator in the Indian Ocean. You would have a hard time finding on most maps. If you drew a line from the tip of India due south about 1200 km you might run into DG.

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    I kind of make fun of this...

    by Livermore Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I kind of make fun of this place but it is a serious place and people work extremly hard for very little money. You can not bring your family here including your wife or kids. The loneliness here is profound. Imagine being away from your loved ones for 1 year. Maybe one day there won't be a need for a place like this and maybe the British will open it up to tourism. It really is the most unique place I ever been to.

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    Try to visit the island during...

    by inuit Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Try to visit the island during a an Hindu festival like the Cavadee in January or February or the Maha Shivarati festival. Many thousands of Hindus go up to lake Grand Basin for baptised in the lake and make offerings to Shiva. Lakes water are believed connected to the Ganga river in India.

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    Holi Red

    by Klod5 Written Nov 2, 2004

    Hindus also celebrate Holi, a harvest festival, by throwing coloured powders and water at each other.

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    • Castles and Palaces

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