Food is an important part of life in Mauritius! Mauritian food is influenced by our diverse mix of Indian, Chinese, African and European cultures, creating a literal melting pot of flavours. Taste sizzling street food, soft and floury dholl puris, spicy biryanis, fried noodles, jamalac flavoured with chilli salt and sweet pastries.
Home-cooked, street food or gourmet, you can taste your way around the island.
It’s no secret that Mauritius is full of different cultures, which means all the more occasions to celebrate! We have official public holidays for different religions including Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. We’re proud to come together and honour the different important days for our diverse people. Here are some of the most popular public holidays, celebrations and festivals in Mauritius.
‘Nou ti Zil’ by Annega ft. Manu Desroches & Jason Heerah
‘Nou ti Zil’ means ‘our little island’ and we used this song as an opening hymn, to welcome travellers back to Mauritius.
Three artists came together to write a song that captures what it means to be Mauritian: singer, songwriter and performer Annega, composer and performer Manu Desroches and songwriter and performer Jason Heerah.
We spoke to Annega and Manu about how they were inspired to write ‘Nou ti Zil’.
The ravanne, also known as the ‘frame drum’ or ‘tambour’, is a percussion instrument played all around the world. It’s made from goat skin and string which are stretched around a round frame. The skin needs to be warmed before playing, and the echoing sounds are made by hitting the ravanne with different parts of the hand.
Learn how to cook Mauritius’s well-loved dish: Mauritius biryani (briyani). Today, we’re with Madame Mansoorah Issany, an expert cook who holds the title for best Mauritius biryani maker on the island.
Don’t let Cap Malheureux’s name put you off. These days, there’s nothing malheureux (‘unfortunate’) about this pretty fishing village on the island’s northern tip.
The simple little church of Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is one of the most photographed sights on the island – its bright red roof pops against the background of blue sky, turquoise waters and dramatic headland of Le Coin de Mire.
You’re welcome to pop into the church, either to join mass or take a peek at the holy water basin made from a giant clam shell.
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