Mauritius, officially known as the Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, the islands of Agaléga and Saint Brandon.
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. Other major towns and cities in Mauritius are – Ébène, Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill, Vacoas-Phoenix, Quatre Bornes, Curepipe, etc.
The country’s populace is composed of several ethnicities, mostly people of Indian, African, Chinese and European descent.
Diwali Celebrations in Mauritius :
Approximately 52% of the population in Mauritius is Hindu, hence Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Mauritius. In fact Diwali is one of the national holidays of Mauritius.
The Diwali celebrations in Mauritius is as good as in India. In Mauritius people decorate their homes with lights and diyas turning the island nation into a fairyland of flickering lights.
Just like in India, people of Mauritius celebrate Diwali by drawing colourful Rangoli’s outside their homes to welcome goddess of wealth – Lakshmi, wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets, exchange gifts, wear new clothes, decorate their homes with lights and diya’s, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
The rituals performed in Mauritius during Diwali are almost the same as that followed in India. People here perform puja of goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras Day and then perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on Diwali Day.
Loud fire crackers are burst through out the night and around the clock to drive away evil spirits !