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  • Initially a challenge, the idea of hosting the first Picasso exhibition in the Indian Ocean has at last come to fruition in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. This is how this extraordinary adventure came about. Life is sometimes full of surprising comings and goings, which can swing the life balance one way or another. Nothing prepared Steve Sowamy, a renowned Mauritian art dealer...
  • The dragon dance forms part of the tradition of the Chinese New Year, the first day of the first month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It indicates the beginning of the Spring Festival, which lasts fifteen days and ends with the Lanterns Festival. This folkloric dragon dance, which means  « run or dance with the dragon-lantern in hands », dates back to the Ming dynasty...
  • The Hindu temple Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen, also known as the Kaylasson Temple, is the most important Tamil place of worship of Mauritius. Situated at Sainte-Croix, its splendid traditional architecture, with a Dravidian style from the south of India, rises in the sky of this northern suburb of Port-Louis. The construction of this architectural marvel began in 1854 on the land...
  • In each of his novels, the writer plunges his everyday heroes into the whirlwinds of Mauritian history. Intense cyclone Carol, which devastated the island on 28 February 1960, was the worst in living memory in Mauritius. The country found it hard to recover, particularly because a less powerful storm had already hit one month earlier. This was the year – 1960 – that gave its name...
  • This is a voice which carries well beyond the island of his birth to share with us the here and the elsewhere. To feed this dialogue, the poet has translated some of the world’s great poems into Creole.  “The words took me by the hand,” says Michel Ducasse in memory of Louis Aragon. “I was only six when my mother, a great crossword fan, would constantly ask me...
  • One of the great voices in Sega, spearhead of everything Creole and defender of women’s rights, Linzy Bacbotte celebrates life “above all else.” In the shade of the screw pines, on the deserted bay outside the village of Tamarin, Linzy takes up her story again, interspersed with her outbursts of laughter and the chanting of her musicians.   Where there's...
  • 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...