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Mauritius Public holidays calendar 2019

These are the official national holidays in Mauritius

Mauritius use to have 25 national holidays to cater for the different ethnic groups in Mauritius now reduced to 16 as seen below.

Mauritius is a cultural melting pot of Africans, Chinese, French, Hindus and Muslims. The ministry of information make sure to communicate on national television providing the cultural background of every national holiday. This form of communication provides other ethnic groups who do not actually celebrate more aware and tolerant to other religions in Mauritius.

Public Holidays in Mauritius on fixed dates:

New Years 1 and 2 January

Abolition of Slavery 1 February

National day (Independence Day) – 12 March

Labour Day - 1 May

Arrival of indentured Labourers 2 November

Christmas 25 December

Public Holidays in Mauritius not on fixed dates:

The festivals listed below are not celebrated at the same date every year. Therefore, only the months when they are likely to be celebrated is given.

Chinese Spring Festival (Between January and February)

The Spring Festival, which is the Chinese New Year, is celebrated in January/February, depending on the adjustment of lunar days. Red, symbol of happiness, is the dominant colour. Food is piled up to ensure abundance during the year and the traditional wax cake is distributed to relatives and friends. Firecrackers are lit to ward off evil spirits.

Thaipoosam Cavadee (February) Hindu Festival

Cavadee is celebrated in January/February, more precisely by the Tamil community in Mauritius. Along with the fire-walking and sword-climbing ceremonies, Cavadee is among the most spectacular Tamil events. The body pierced with needles and the tongue and cheeks with skewers, the devotee, trance-like and in penance, walks in procession to the temple bearing the "Cavadee", a wooden arch covered with flowers with a pot of milk at each end of its base which he or she places before the deity.

Maha Shivratree (Between February and March) Hindu Festival

Maha Shivaratree is celebrated in honour of Hindu god Siva (February). Hindu devotees, clad in spotless white, carry the "kanwar" - wooden arches covered with flowers – on pilgrimage to Grand Bassin, to fetch holy water from the lake. The whole scene is reminiscent of the great rituals on the banks of the Holy Ganges in India.

Ugadi (March) Hindu Festival

Ugadi is the Telugu New Year.

Ratha-Yatra (July) Hindu Festival

Chariot festival is any public procession in a chariot.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 15 August

The 15 August becomes a public holiday in even years, for example 2006, 2008 and 2010. During odd years (2005, 2007, 2009), it is not a public holiday; instead, 1 November will be a public holiday, in commemoration of All Saints' Day . The decision to alternate between the two dates was a government decision to avoid increasing the number of unworked days after abolition of slavery (1 February) and Arrival of Indentured Labourers (2 November) were declared public holidays in the early 2000s.

Ganesh Chaturthi (Between August and September) Hindu Festival

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by the Marathi community in Mauritius on the 4th day of the lunar month of the Hindu calendar. It marks the birthday of Ganesha , the God of wisdom and remover of all obstacles according to Hindu mythology.

Diwali (Between October and November) Hindu Festival

Diwali is the most jovial of all Hindu festivals. Celebrated in October/November it marks the victory of righteousness over evil in the Hindu mythology. Traditionally, clay oil lamps were placed in front of every home turning the island into a fairyland of flickering lights; these have now been replaced mostly by decorative electric lights.

Eid ul-Fitr (Any time of year because Islam is based on a non-adjusted lunar calendar) Muslim Festival

The exact date of this festival is subject to confirmation as its celebration depends on the visibility of the moon. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan , the Muslim holy month of fasting. It is a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing for Muslims. Special prayers are offered at mosques during that morning.


 Who is off on 2 January 2019?

Albania Albania
Armenia  Armenia
Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Georgia  Georgia
India  India (regional)
Mauritius  Mauritius
Montenegro  Montenegro
New Zealand  New Zealand
Philippines  Philippines
Romania  Romania
Russia  Russia
Rwanda  Rwanda
Saint Lucia  Saint Lucia
Serbia  Serbia
Slovenia  Slovenia
Thailand  Thailand
United Kingdom  United Kingdom (regional)
TuesdayJanuary 01New Year's Day
WednesdayJanuary 02Day after New Years DaySee to the right other countries who are off
MondayJanuary 21Thaipoosam CavadeeHindu festival
FridayFebruary 01Abolition of Slavery
TuesdayFebruary 05Chinese Spring Festival1st day of 1st lunar month
MondayMarch 04Maha Shivaratree
TuesdayMarch 12National Day
SaturdayApril 06Ougadi
SundayApril 14Tamizh PuttaanduTamil New Year. Not a public holiday in 2019
WednesdayMay 01Labour Day
WednesdayJune 05Eid-Ul-FitrEnd of Ramadan
ThursdayAugust 15Assumption DayAssumption of Mary ( This year: Every other year)
MondaySeptember 02Ganesh Chaturthi
FridayOctober 27DiwaliThe Festival of Lights (Hindu)
SaturdayNovember 02Arrival of Indentured
WednesdayDecember 25Christmas Day


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