Throughout September, but especially on September 9, which is the anniversary of the death in 1864 of Father Jacques Desire Laval (known locally as Père Laval), pilgrims gather at the priest’s grave in Ste Croix. Father Laval was born in France in 1803 and brought up in a strict religious atmosphere, qualifying as a medical doctor before becoming a priest. In 1841 he arrived in Mauritius as a missionary and converted thousands of recently freed slaves to Catholicism, becoming known as the Apostle of the Blacks. He is regarded as the 'national saint’ of Mauritius, recognised by the Vatican and venerated by followers of all faiths who attribute miraculous healing powers to his name.
This is the Lourdes of the Indian Ocean. To get there, take the Pere Laval bus from Labour donnais bus terminal. It goes directly to the shrine and church at Ste Croix, via Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
The feasts in Mauritius are as various as the origin of the Mauritians and their religions.
Visitors of the island shouldn't be afraid to attend the feasts.
New Year (January 1st & 2nd) / Yaum
Population and Religion
At 31 December 1997, the population was estimated to be 1,120,530. It is divided into several ethnic groups, namely the Indo-Mauritians, creoles (that is persons having
Today Mauritius is a republic within the Commonwealth with a population of 1.2 million. Being a multi-cultural society, the Mauritian polulation enjoy a rich ethnic background, consisting of Hindus,
The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is the national public broadcasting service (Radio and TV) of the Republic of Mauritius and its outer islands including Rodrigues.
It was established as a
Mauritius Holidays is operated by Travel Centre (Clapham) of London. Established in 1979, this privately-owned company is, today, recognised to be the leader in the Mauritius Market.
Allegations of corruption have become common features in the press worldwide and Mauritius is no exception. Here are some indications that confirm the urgency of the situation:
In the Transparency