Mauritius Culture is diverse and interesting
Mauritius culture is a varied and very mixed culture due to its history, initially the Dutch settled mostly from the Dutch East India Company, bringing their culture to the island, The island was named after Maurice of Nassau, the prince of Denmark. Later the French took over and added their brand of culture and they in turn brought slaves from various parts of Africa, thus Africans
from Mozambique, Madagascar, Guinea, Senegal and other parts of Africa. Then the British took control and they in turn add a further mix to the melting pot by bringing indentured labourers over from India. At a later stage the Chinese primarily Cantonese and Hakka arrived on the island. This resulted in a diverse mix of cultures, religions, languages.
During 1950 Mauritius began self governance which eventually obtained full independence from Britain on the 12th March 1968. The leader of this movement was Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam who later became the first prime minister, serving in this post for 14 years from 1968 to 1982.
One of the wonderful things about this mix of cultures is a unity between the people who are very proud of their heritage. This successful mixture is an example to the global world of how well a successful cultural integration can be.
Mauritian cuisine offers the visitor a diverse blend of Creole, Indian, Chinese and European, and many restaurants will offer the different cultures in the same meal. Visitors enjoy the experience of this mixed cuisine giving them the opportunity to taste many different types of enjoyable meals.
There is also street food that is quite popular; you will find vendors selling a variety of foods such as Roti’s samosas, curried rolls, noodles, soups.
Daily food in most households is rice as the basic staple; this is often combined with meat, poultry, fish and many spices. Local vegetables include chokos, squash, green and red pumpkin.
Visitors to Mauritius will find the local inhabitants to be a mix of Creole, Muslims, Hindus, Chinese, and variety of European people. There is no official language, however, the majority of the people speak English and French fluently, but Creole is spoken by most of the people even though there is no formal written form of the language, with a smattering of Asian languages. Government and Administrative work is usually conducted in English, Newspapers and the media is mostly French which is understood by most of the population.
The people of Mauritius are very conservative and frown upon nude and topless bathing on the public beaches; it is therefore wise to refrain from doing so. Visiting any of the many religious places it is also wise to dress appropriately.