Diwali in Mauritius | A festival of lights
The annual Hindu festival of Diwali or Deepavali is being celebrated again across the world so we thought it a great oppurtunity to showcase the event and what it means in Mauritius. Approximately 52% of the population in Mauritius are considered to be Hindu – so naturally the celebration means a lot to the island !
If you have ever been in an area of the world celebrating Diwali, please let us know in the comments below.
Diwali in Mauritius is an amazing spectacle, much like Diwali in India. Well known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year and is celebrated by the lighting of small clay lamps, although now often replaced with candles, placed in house windows signifying the triumph of good over evil – light over dark.
Celebrations include devotees cleaning their house as a welcome to Lakshmi, wear new clothes through the celebration and partake in the sharing of home made sweets.Loud fire crackers are burst through out the night and around the clock to drive away evil spirits !
Below is an amazing video from Benoit Aubin on Vimeo showcasing a Mauritian family and friends celebrating Mauritius.
We loved this video for its human element – it is a fantastic example of the multi culturalism in Mauritius. Footage shows Mauritian, Creole, European, Indian and Chinese families all coming together to partake in a major celebration of another culture.
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