Public Holidays in Mauritius 2011.
Some visitors to Mauritius take time to book their holidays making sure dates don’t collide with a major Public Holiday, probably to avoid closed stores and limited public services.
On the other hand, some visitors do the exact opposite, and try to match their dates with a big festival or other event, to get a flavour of the real Mauritius. Whichever type you are, it’s good to know where to start!
Below are the dates for the Public Holidays in Mauritius 2011.
Worth noting is that many Hindu and Muslim festivals and events are based on sightings of the moon and thus dates are always subject to change. The below dates were correct at the time of writing.
Worth noting is also that these are public holidays, and that many other festivals exist.
01 Jan – 03 Jan: New Year
20 Jan: Thaipoosam Cavadee
01 Feb: Abolition of Slavery Day
03 Feb: Chinese Spring Festival
02 Mar: Maha Shivaratree
12 Mar: National Day
04 Apr: Ougadi
01 May: Labour Day
31 Aug: Eid-Ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)*
02 Sep: Ganesh Chaturthi
26 Oct: Diwali (Festival of Lights)
01 Nov: All Saints Day
02 Nov: First Labourers Day
25 Dec: Christmas Day
The picture above is that of the 33 metre high Lord Shiva statue near Grand Bassin, where the Maha Shivaratri is celebrated each year.
(*) Date subject to visibility of the moon.
Source: Government of Mauritius. Last updated: 14-FEB-2011.