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  • Green for harmony, orange for optimism, blue for vivacity and red for happiness and love. The Hindu religious festival Holi is celebrated today, March 21. It coincides with the last full moon day of the lunar month of Ph?lguna. Celebrated in a flurry of colours, Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.     Holi stems from Hindu mythology. The legend goes that...
  • The Maha Shivaratri pilgrimage in Mauritius is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Each year nearly 600,000 devotees make their way to the holy lake.   Maha Shivaratri – a great moment of peace and communion – celebrates Shiva, one of the three supreme gods in the Hindu triumvirate. Shiva is believed to have saved the world from destruction by swallowing...
  • Ganga Talao is a majestic place of prayer and silence. By what miracle did Grand Bassin Lake become one of the world’s most important Hindu sites? It’s not a very big lake, just a small crater of an extinct volcano, an inland stretch of water, 500 metres above the sea, somewhere in the deep south of Mauritius, between Mahébourg and Morne Brabant. Surrounded by forests,...
  • 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...