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  • The national flag is a piece of fabric that bears the colors and symbols of a nation. The Mauritian flag is known as The Four Stripes. It comprises of four equal horizontal stripes: red, blue, yellow and green. Created by Gurudutt Moher 50 years ago, the national flag was adopted on March 12, 1968, the day Mauritius became an independent nation. Mauritians rally behind their national flag for...
  • Commonly known as the ‘’sega tipik, maloya, moutia, sega tambour ou segakordeon“. It is the uniting link between the islands in the region of the Indian Ocean. The sega was born in the 18th Century during the period of slavery. It is the ultimate form of musical expression of this part of the world, which can be compared to the mother tongue of all the nations that have in...
  • 1834 marks the beginning of the arrival of indentured labourers in Mauritius. That year, on August 1st, a vessel named Sarah berthed in the Port Louis depot – on its board, the very first 39 indentured labourers from South India. This migration wave would swell with the abolition of slavery and the need for the British to recruit workers for the sugarcane factories and...
  • Divali is a very popular festival in India and Mauritius. Known as Diwali or Deepavali, Divali comes from the Sanskrit term « rows of light ». It is known as the festival of light and celebrates the return of Ram to Ayodhya - a consecration of good over evil. On this auspicious day, Hindu families distribute cakes to the entire neighborhood. It is a priceless moment of sharing...
  • The CD, TiFrer, Nou Gran Frer (TiFrer our elder brother) pays tribute to the great Tifrer, the guardian of oral tradition in Mauritius. With eight previously unreleased songs and commentaries by Sedley Assonne, Jean-Clément Cangy, Ananda Devi and Marsel Poinen, it was launched last June by the Blue Penny Museum. ,Born at the turn of the 20th century in the village of Quartier Militaire...
  • The Hindu word, Divali, literally means rows of diyas, or small terracotta lamps. Modernity, of course, has meant that, for quite some time, electric lights have outshone those fragile little receptacles filled with vegetable oil feeding a cotton wick. But Mauritians are fond of their traditions. Earthen lamps have not been completely done away with. They are still turned out on the...