The cavadee is a woodern arch decorated with flowers and palm leaves, with pots of milk (sambos) suspended from each end of the base. Devotees carry the cavadee from the bank of a river to a temple in order to fulfil a vow in honuor of Subramanya, the second son of Lord Shiva, and to pay penance and cleanse their soul . Before the procession commences, skewers are threaded through the tongues and cheeks of devotees. Custom dictates that reasonable pace be maintained because the milk in the sambo must not have curdled by the time it reaches the temple. The major Thaipoosam Cavadee takes place in January/February each year at most Hindu temples throughout the island. This is a public holiday. Small cavadees are scheduled once or twice during the rest of the year at selected temples.
Tamil religious celebration (April/May). This morning in temples throughout the country - The Sittarai Cavadee celebrated in devotion.
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
This celebration occurs over three days in February/ March and is the largest and most important Hindu festival held outside India. One of the days over which it is held is a public holiday. Most of
This is a Hindu and Tamil fire-walking ceremony in honour of various gods. The ceremonies occur throughout the year, but mostly in December and January. After fasting and bathing, the participants
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
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The festival begins on the eve of the Chinese New Year with an explosion of firecrackers to chase away evil spirits. New Years Day is in January or February and does not fall on the same day every