Beneath the natural beauties of Mauritius’s landscape, lies another, but sometimes forgotten gem: the Mauritian Culture, better yet, cultures! Discovering this aspect can be a journey into some of the most captivating and polished thousands of year old ancestral traditions. Classifying Mauritius as having one culture would not be apt as so many unique and distinctive parts forms this whole. It is made up of the different customs and traditions of those who, during the last 400 years, have settled on these shores. Here, Europe meets India, China, Africa and so on. Who would imagine that such unique and diversified customs thrives on such a small place?
You cannot miss out on the harmony this cultural hub has in its daily life. Churches can be found next to a mosque, Indian temples next to Chinese pagodas. Beliefs from every niche of the globe be it Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Muslim festivals, all are fêted with much enthusiasm and devotion all year round. Some of these celebrations can be quite stunning to watch like the fire-walking ceremony that is performed on the Cavadee day.
This cultural soup is also prevalent in the Mauritian Cuisine! There are traditional western dishes originating from the colonial past of the island. Alongside, you can discover delicate new taste and aromas of the most exotic, oriental dishes served by the Indian and Chinese migrants. Some are unique to Mauritius, as various delicacies have also been adapted to suit the Mauritian taste, which combines the tropical flavors of the East and premium ingredients of the West.
What is a culture without a tribute to the indigenous folklore? The beautiful sophisticated Indian dances, the Chinese spectacular lion and dragon dance, or the cheerful and optimistic rhythm of the Sega, the most typical folkloric dance of Mauritius, is bound to keep you in an enchanted form all throughout your stay on this tropical paradise!
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