Local traditions and culture in Mauritius

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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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    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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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