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 - 2017 Calendar

Mauritius public holiday calendar 2017

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 ...

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List of Mauritius public holidays 2016 / 2017

                                                                                                           2016                      2017                                                                        

           New Year’s Day                                            1 January               1 January

          New Year Holiday                                        2 January               2 January

           Abolition of Slavery                                     1 February            1 February

          Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)          8 February            28 January

                                     Thaipoosam Cavadee                                                                9 February

                                     Maha Shivaratree (Hindu Pilgrimage)      7 March                24 February

                                      National Day / Independence Day            12 March              12 March

                                      Ougadi  (Telegu New Year)                         8 April                   29 March

                                      Tamil New Year                                            14 April                 

                                      Labour Day                                                   1 May                     1 May

                                      Eid-Ul-Fitr **  End of Ramadan                 6 July                      26 June

                                      Assumption Day                                          15 August             15 August                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)            6 September       26 August

                                      Diwali  Festival of Lights                             30 October          19 October

                                      Arrival of Indentured Labourers               2 November         2 November

                                      Christmas                                                     25 December       25 December

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


Important note:

Every year the government releases a list of official public holidays. I have just received the list for 2017. Seven holidays are fixed holidays.  Others change from year to year. It depends on the lunar calendar. 

The Tamil New Year will not be a public holiday in 2017. The celebration has been replaced by the Thaipoosam Cavadee which was not a public holiday in 2016. It seems these two celebrations alternate. The 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. It's Holi the Festival of Colours on 13 March 2017.

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


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