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Here some words in creole to make your contacts easier and have the surprise effects on your side:  Click  to hear the pronunciation!

Whoever finds interest to this unusual language (which is spoken in similar form also in Réunion, Seychelles, Guadeloupe and other islands) shouldn't fail to buy  the little book Speak Creol / A Tourist Guide.

Culture & Language of Mauritus

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. You are welcome!
Here the most important:
New Year (January 1st & 2nd) / Yaum un Nabi (January) day of death of prophet Mohammed / Chinese New Year (beginning/mid-February) the dragon runs in Port Louis / Thai Poosam-Kavadee (end January/beginning of February) very important holiday for the Tamils, with processions, ritual washing. As penitence they pierce their bodies and tongues with needles and walk over glowing coals. / Eid-Ul-Fitr (mid February) end of the fasting month Ramadan
Maha Shivaratree (end of February) Hindus make a pilgrimage to the sacred water of Grand Bassin / Holi (March) feast of the colours; Hindus throw coloured water on one / Independence Day (March 12th) / Easter (End of March / beginning of April) / Eid-El-Adha (August / September)  Muslims sacrifice sheeps and lambs and give it to friends and relatives / Père Laval pilgrimage  (September 9th) not only Christians make a pilgrimage to the grave (Ste.Croix) of the holy father who at life time  has primarily looked after the poor people and the slaves.
Divali (October) happy feast of the Hindus; the victory of the Good over the Bad is celebrated with many lights /
All Saints' Day (November 1st)  / Ganga Asnan (November) Hindus go to the sea to take a holy bath there / Teemeedee (December) highlight of this Hindu feast is the run over glowing coals.

The languages are also various in Mauritius: official language and the language taught at school is English while the french language dominates the public life. The colloquial language which is spoken by everyone is Creole. In many families one speaks also Indian languages, the Chinese Canton and the Arabian dialects.

Good morning, how are you?

Bonzour, ça va?

See you later!

Talère!

What have you said?

Qui ou dire?

Do you like it?

Ou content li?

I can not help.

Mo pas capave faire nan-nien

When does the last bus run?

Ki lère dernié bis?

How much is the bus ticket?

Comié tickette la couté?

How much is this?

Comié sa couté ?

Can you help me?

Ou capave aide moi?

I come to your country for the first time.

Mo premié visite ici.

We recommend following books:
Paul et Virginie by Bernardin De Saint-Pierre
The Prospector by J.M.G. Le Clézio
The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian

Séga: the dance dating from the slavery time is today the music and dance which is never missed on any feast. The new séga songs are listened by all age-groups, in which the texts and specially the dance are very erotic. Ti Frère is admired as one of the last great Séga singer. His old songs are different comparing to today's modern composition (Listen to him singing only with the tunes of the Ravane).Séga evenings where you can learn the dance are offered by all hotels; often with campfire at the beach.New modern groups (Racinetatane, Naty Rebels) created Séggae, a mixture of Séga and reggaeSega Music from Mauritius
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