Public Holidays in Mauritius 2012.
Mauritius has a wonderful mix of many different religions and cultures, each of which has its very own festivals and special holidays.
Spread out over the whole year visitors can enjoy the traditional Western holidays such as Christmas and New Years, as well as the many Muslim, Chinese and Hindu festivals that show a glimpse of the real Mauritius!
It is always good to keep in mind when the Mauritian festivals take place. Many visitors plan their holidays to match these dates so they can witness the celebrations first hand, where others prefer to visit the island outside of these dates as to avoid limited public service and closed stores.
Whatever your preference we have put together a list of the Public Holidays in Mauritius for 2012 so you know where to start!
It is worth noting that many Muslim and Hindu festivals are based on sightings of the moon and that the dates for celebration are always subjected to change. The below dates were correct at the time of writing and we update them frequently.
Also worth noting is that these are public holidays, and that many other festivals exist in Mauritius.
01 Jan and 02 Jan: New Year
23 Jan: Chinese New Year (also known as Chinese Spring Festival)
01 Feb: Abolition of Slavery Day
07 Feb: Thaipoosam Cavadee
20 Feb: Maha Shivaratree
12 Mar: National Day (Independence Day / Republic Day)
23 Mar: Ougadi / Telugu New Year
01 May: Labour Day
15 Aug: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
19 Aug: Eid-Ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)*
20 Sep: Ganesh Chaturthi
02 Nov: Arrival of Indentured Labourers
13 Nov: Divali (Festival of Lights)
25 Dec: Christmas Day
(*) Date subject to visibility of the moon.
The picture above was taken at Grand Bassin during the annual Maha Shivaratri.
Source: Government of Mauritius. Last updated: 02-SEP-2012.