Mauritius Local Customs

  • Local Customs
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  • Local Customs
    by globetrott
  • This one is there all week.
    This one is there all week.
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Mauritius Local Customs

  • Street food and cutting costs at Flic en...

    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...

  • Languages

    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.

  • Respect the local culture

    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.

  • Port-Louis Central Market

    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...

  • Flacq Market

    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.


    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...


    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...

  • Language barriers

    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...

  • Indu people

    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...

  • le patois créole mauricien

    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...

  • Maha Shivaratree

    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...

  • Cavadee

    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...

  • Holi Red

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

  • Hinduism

    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.

  • Indian Festivals...

    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...

  • Mauritian society consists of...

    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...

  • The National Museum of history in...

    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...

  • Danse Sega

    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...

  • Le Morne

    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...

  • Botanical Garden.

    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...

  • Definitely an eclectic mixture...

    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!

  • When in Mauritius it pays to...

    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.

  • The RAVANE, which is a wooden...

    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...

  • You will be offered to eat...

    You will be offered to eat with the Rodrigueans at their home. Most of time fresh caughtfish 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.

  • A little geography. Diego...

    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.

  • I kind of make fun of this...

    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...

  • Try to visit the island during...

    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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