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Public Holidays 2006: the National Day, Thaipoosam Cavadee, Maha Shivratree, Ougadi, Divali...

Mauritius - Public Holidays 2006

Public Holidays

• January 1 and 2 - New Year
• January 29 - Chinese Spring Festival
• February 1 - Abolition of Slavery
• February 11 - Thaipoosam Cavadee
• February 26 - Maha Shivratree
• March 12 - National Day
• March 30 - Ougadi
• May 1 - Labour Day
• August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
• August 29 - Ganesh Chathurthi
• October 21 - Divali
• October 24 - Eid-Ul-Fitr*
• November 2 - Arrival of Indentured Labourers
• December 25 - Christmas

* The exact date of this festival is subject to confirmation as its celebration depends on the visibility of the moon

Thaipoosam Cavadee, a festival which is an expression of devotion to Lord Subramaniam, the Son of Shiva, Granter of Wishes.
Maha Shivaratree, "The Great Night of Siva", when the Hindus in Mauritius take a yearly pilgrimage to their holy lake, Grand Bassin.
Ougadi is the Telegu New Year.
Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated for Lord Ganesh, the younger son of Shiva. It is known to be a deity who protects people from obstacles in their lives
Divali is the festival of light, joy and good fortune for everyone.
Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadhan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

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