Diwali Celebrations in Mauritius

Diwali, pronounced Divali in Mauritian creole, is the hindu festival of lights celebrating the victory of light over darkness, or good over evil. According to hindu mythology, the lord Rama and his wife Sita were exiled from their kingdom for 14 years. While they were living in exile in the jungle, a demon named Ravana kidnapped Sita. Rama, along with the help of Hanuman and an army of monkeys, defeated the demon and rescued his wife. They returned to their kingdom on the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu month Kartika and on their way back, they were welcomed by rows of oil lamps that illuminated their way back home. This tradition continues today in places like India, Mauritius, and other places where the hindu diaspora has settled.

HOW DO MAURITIANS CELEBRATE DIWALI?

This year Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday 11 November, which is also a public holiday in Mauritius. However, Diwali preparations start well before the day of the festival. Mauritians, mainly of hindu faith start by doing a thorough clean of their house. They then decorate their homes with strings of lights, similar to Christmas lights. They buy new clothes to wear for this special occasion and start preparing the traditional Diwali sweets.On the night of the festival, people light small oil lamps to welcome good fortune into their homes. Families pray together, at home or at the temple, to the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. And of course, Diwali is never complete without sweets and fireworks. In my opinion, the best part of Diwali is the sharing of delicious homemade sweets with friends and neighbours, regardless of religion and participating in lighting firecrackers during the night.

HOW CAN TOURISTS PARTICIPATE IN THE DIWALI FESTIVITIES?

Diwali is a great opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of Mauritian culture, so while your hotel may have their own celebrations planned, here are four other things you can do on Diwali to take part in the Diwali celebrations in Mauritius:

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mauritius

Don’t miss Ganesh Chaturthi In Mauritius! The festival is celebrated all over the island. The beloved Hindu God with the elephant head is a popular deity with fascinating symbols.

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During the festival you’ll come across processions of devotees happily dancing and chanting on the roads.  You’ll see colourful effigies of Lord Ganesh on small platforms being carried with great enthusiasm. The sound of drums, cymbals and bells fills the air. Other groups will soon join the celebrations and they’ll all walk towards the sea or river. 
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The 10 day Ganesh festival is starting …

Devotees bring a clay statue of Lord Ganesh to their home where the deity will be worshipped with daily offerings of delicacies. Morning puja or prayers complete the rituals. Ganesh is dressed and bathed and taken care of like a member of the family. 

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After 10 days it’s time to say goodbye and carry the statue of Lord Ganesh to the water in colourful processions. The clay effigies will be gently immersed in the sea or river and slowly disappear.

Holiday at Villa Michel

We offer a wonderful selection of privately owned villas between  17 km away drive to Le Morne.

All you need to do is book your flight and car hire and you could soon be here, enjoying beautiful Villa Michel.

All our properties have a private swimming pool, Cable TV, fully equiped Kitchen, all the comforts you would expect at home. Selected properties offer Free High Speed Internet access, Free telephone calls and Games Rooms.

After a great day at the attraction points, just come back and relax by your private swimming pool. The properties are fully Air Conditioned, with a pool screen over the pool.

We also have the Sun Loungers, swinger and chair for you to catch the Mauritian Sunshine.

Top 5 Reasons to have your next holiday at Villa Michel, Mauritius

Set in Riambel, this villa features free WiFi. The property is 29 km from Flic-en-Flac and free private parking is provided.

There is a dining area and a kitchen. A flat-screen TV is available. Other facilities at Villa Michel include a barbecue.

Belle Mare is 46 km from Villa Michel, while Le Morne is 17 km away. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including horse riding and fishing. The nearest airport is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport, 22 km from Villa Michel.

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Culture in Creole – The Sega

    As has been the case for the other languages, the Creole languages has vehicled various forms of artistic expression; tales,the sega, poetry,drama, and novel as well.
       

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     If the origin of the word “sega” is still debated, there is a large degree of consensus as to the origins of the music and dance form it denotes. The sega was born during the period of slavery. It was performed at night,round a camp fire, in the woods or on the beach, by black slaves. Its rhythms are said to be of Mozambican origin.The sega has evolved; the original form is perhaps still to be heard in what is termed “sega typique’ and is performed in places like Chamarel,Riviere Noire and Petite Riviere.
 

Sega, Seggae and Reggae remain the most popular produced Music in Mauritius amongst Mauritian artists. Thanks to a decent Internet connection nowadays we see more evolved artists doing RnB, Hip-Hop, Soul, Dubstep, Club, Techno and other worldwide known music.

Many singers had thought of also bringing forward the English version of the Sega songs but later resolved not to proceed with it so as to preserve the uniqueness and cultural richness of the local music of Mauritius.Here is the Top 10 popular sega singers till now :

1. Kaya (1960-1999)
2. Cassiya
3. Eric Triton
4. Menwar
5. Ti Frère (1900-1992)
6. Serge Lebrasse
7. Michel Legris (1932-2015)
8. Damien Elisa
9. Zulu
10. Alain Ramanisum

Overview of Villa Michel

Villa Michel is a Villa located in Riambel just 18 miles from Flic-en-Flac. Guests will enjoy as it is a spacious beachfront villa on the most scenic unspoiled, unpolluted coastline in Mauritius to enjoy authentic beach life.

Guests will also be able to enjoy various activities in the areas,such as horse riding and fishing.They can also have an adventurous journey as Le Morne is located on the southwest coast of Mauritius and is a small village overshadowed by a small mountain called Morne and is 16.1 km away.It has a very pleasant public beach that attracts surfers, para-gliders and kite surfers, it is slightly windy and this place is an ideal location for these sports. The beach there, has a beautiful view of the mountain and the village is very relaxing and accommodating.

There is a dining area and a kitchen equipped with microwave. A flat-screen TV is provided. There is a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower.Free Wi-Fi is also provided.