January 2019
  • The Blue Penny Museum will be exhibiting works by Picasso from November 24 2018 to January 15 2019, which is a first in this part of the Indian Ocean. Emmanuel Richon, curator of the museum, explains that Mauritius is also one of the first African countries to exhibit the paintings of the artist who died in 1973.
    These are 45 works including engravings, drawings and ceramics that will be visible free to Mauritians, especially those who may never have the chance to visit museums abroad.

    Saturday 24 November 2018 - Tuesday 15 January 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Picasso at The Blue Penny :: Art and Culture

  • This religious festival is celebrated mostly by Indians of Tamil origin and is quite an event. After a period of ten days fasting, participants go to the temple with their offerings on their back. There is also a fire-walking ceremony that is performed by the Indo-Mauritians of southern origin.

    Monday 21 January 2019
    Thaipoosam Cavadee :: Art and Culture

February 2019
  • Mauritius celebrates Abolition of Slavery Day, or simply “Abolition Day” on 1 February. This looks back to the time in 1835 when slavery was abolished in Mauritius.
    Slavery came to Mauritius in the mid-1600’s with colonisation by the Netherlands. About 100 slaves from Madagascar were brought to Mauritius by the Dutch in the earliest days of colonisation, and many more followed. They were harshly treated, and whenever they rebelled, the punishment was extremely severe.


    However, in the early 1700’s, the Netherlands gave up on its colony in Mauritius and abandoned it to the French. The new French rulers soon brought yet more slaves. In 1810, the British seized control of Mauritius, and already by that time, seven out of every 10 people in Mauritius were slaves.


    Finally, on 1 February, 1835, slavery was abolished in Mauritius. The government paid the plantation owners to compensate them for their loss, but the decree to end slavery was not optional. 


    Today, Mauritius looks back to the end of slavery and all of the social and economic changes it brought with it. It was, in many respects, the beginning of “modern Mauritius.

    Friday 01 February 2019
    Abolition of Slavery :: Art and Culture

  • Celebrated by the Mauritian Chinese each January or February, this festival is dominated by the colour red which symbolises happiness.v

    Tuesday 05 February 2019
    Chinese New Year :: Art and Culture

March 2019
  • This festival is also called 'the great night of Shiva' and is celebrated by a pilgrimage to "Grand Bassin," a natural lake on the central plateau. Generally held in February, the pilgrims dressed in white proceed to Grand Bassin carrying a bamboo contraption on their shoulders as a sign of sacrifice.

    Monday 04 March 2019
    Maha Shivaratree :: Art and Culture

April 2019
  • The festival is celebrated with high spirits, new clothes and abundance of some mouth-watering traditional cuisines. It is also the first day when there is a change in pattern of moon's orbit. Ugadi is celebrated a day after the first new moon and after the sun passes the celestial equator on the spring equinox.

    Saturday 06 April 2019
    Ugaadi :: Art and Culture

  • Tamil New Year. Puthandu marks the Tamil New Year’s Day and is celebrated in the beginning of Chithirai - the first month in the Tamil Calendar year. The auspicious occasion of Puthandu is also popularly known as Varusha Pirappu or the birth of New Year and falls on 13th or 14th April according to the Gregorian Calendar. Many people in Tamil Nadu also celebrate Puthandu as the day when Lord Brahma - Hindu God of Creation started creation. People of Tamil Nadu celebrate Varusha Pirappu in a big way by merrymaking and feasting.
    Festivals In Mauritius today is the day celebrate with the Tamil community the New Year’s Day of Varusha Pirappu, and many Hindus on this day also celebrate the auspices day of Lord Brahma began His creation.

    Sunday 14 April 2019
    Tamil New year - Varusha Pirappu :: Art and Culture

  • Monuments and heritage site open to the public, free of charge - entertaining and instructive discoveries of the rich past of Mauritius through a selection of historical monuments and guided visits of national and world heritage sites.

    Saturday 20 April 2019 - Sunday 28 April 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    Heritage Week :: Art and Culture

  • A festival of food whereby restaurants of the region of China Town in Port Louis offer special menus and tariffs. The public are also overwhelmed with the spectacular shows carried out in the streets, decorated with Chinese lanterns, from Chinese troops as well as local artists such as Kung Fu demonstration and lion dance.

    Saturday 27 April 2019 - Sunday 28 April 2019
    China Town Food and Cultural Festival :: Art and Culture

  • The “Bal” remain one of the most popular folkloric events in Mauritius. The “Bal” are usually organised by associations or individuals where families, friends and invitees share their foods and drinks. In the context of preserv-ing this event and traditions, the Ministry of Tourism will organise a “Bal D’Antan” for the elderly persons.

    Saturday 27 April 2019
    Bal d’antan :: Art and Culture