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!
Mauritius Public Holidays - 2019 Calendar
Wed 1 January - New Year’s Day
Thurs 2 January - New Year Holiday
Sat 25 January - Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
Sat 1 February - Abolition of Slavery
Sat 8 February - Thaipoosam Cavadee
Fri 21 February - Maha Shivaratree (Hindu Pilgrimage)
Thurs 12 March - National Day / Independence Day
Wed 25 March – Ougadi or Ugaadi (Telegu New Year)
Friday 1 May - Labour Day
Sun 24 May - Eid-Ul-Fitr ** End of Ramadan
Sat 15 August - Assumption Day
Sun 23 August - Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)
Mon 2 November - Arrival of Indentured Labourers
Sat 14 November - Divali Festival of Lights
Friday 25 December - Christmas
** Eid-Ul-Fitr the Muslim Ramadan depends on the local sightings of the moon.
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 ...
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 Wednesday 20th March and will end on 21st March 2019 in the evening.
In 2020 Holi will start on Monday 9th March and end on Tuesday 10th March.
Choose a Mauritian public holiday. Join us and celebrate our rich heritage and 'joie de vivre'.
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