Festivals and traditions
Due to the great diversity of the population, many religious festivals are held throughout the year in the country. These fervent celebrations offer a striking and colourful show to anyone lucky enough to attend. Among the most important festivals of the Mauritian calendar, is the Spring Festival, which is the Chinese New Year, the Maha Shivratri during which the Hindus converge to the Ganga Talao in honour of the god Shiva, the Eid ul-Fitr to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Divali, the festival of light, and Christmas.
The Mauritian cuisine is a true reflection of its population mixed origins: a blend of flavours and colours that has preserved the diversity of the population’s roots.
Bringing us back to Indian origins is the curry with its unmistakable flavours, the chatini (chutney) which is a mixture of spices, garlic, ginger and pepper, and the briani (or biryani) from North India, prepared with rice, spices, eggs, meat and vegetables. From China, is the mine (fried noodles with vegetables, chicken or beef, seafood and eggs), all sorts of soups, fritters, and dumplings.
Finally, let’s not forget the famous dholl puri, faratas, cakes and samosas thanks to which Mauritius occupies a place of choice in the ranking of the best street food throughout the globe!