Mauritius Public Holidays

Have a look at the  list of Mauritius public holidays and calendar I have prepared for you before booking your flights. Why? They include unique traditional festivals that will delight you. 

It would be such a pity to travel all the way to our island and miss our cultural attractions!

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Mauritius Public Holidays - 2018 Calendar

Mauritius public holidays 2018

List of Mauritius public holidays 2018

  1.   Mon 1 January - New Year’s Day                  
  2.   Tues 2 January - New Year Holiday                
  3.   Wed 31 January - Thaipoosam Cavadee
  4.   Thur 1 February - Abolition of Slavery            
  5.   Tues 13 February - Maha Shivaratree (Hindu Pilgrimage)    
  6.   Fri 16 February - Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) 
  7.   Mon 12 March - National Day / Independence Day      
  8.   Sun 18 March - Ougadi  (Telegu New Year)            
  9.   Tues 1 May - Labour Day                             
  10.   Sat 16 June - Eid-Ul-Fitr **  End of Ramadan       
  11.   Wed 15 August - Assumption Day                      
  12.   Fri 14 September - Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)         
  13.   Fri 2 November - Arrival of Indentured Labourers 
  14.   Wed 7 November - Divali  Festival of Lights       
  15.   Tues 25 December - Christmas  

  ** Eid-Ul-Fitr the Muslim Ramadan depends on the local sightings of the moon. 


15 public holidays and counting …

It must have been a difficult decision for the government to select the number of public holidays to allocate to each religion. Who wants to offend anyone’s religious belief? After lengthy debates the number was reduced from 21 to 15! 

Add cyclones visiting us without being invited and the number of holidays gets longer and longer.

Celebrate with us ...

Festival celebrations

Important note:

Seven holidays are fixed holidays. Others change from year to year. It depends on the lunar calendar. 

The Tamil New Year and the Thaipoosam Cavadee  celebrations alternate every second year. Our government tries very hard to please all religious faiths. Don’t worry the festivals will still take place.

We have one cultural festival celebrated all over the island which is not a public holiday.
Holi the Festival of Colours will start on Thursday 1st March and will end on 2nd March 2018 in the evening

Celebrate at least one of our rich heritage with us and share our 'joie de vivre'.


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