Mauritius Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

DayDateHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonDay after New Year's Day
28 JanSatChinese Spring Festival - Chinese New Year is one of the major holidays in Chinese in China and Chinese all over the world. It's celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and continues to the fifteens day of the month
1 FebWedAbolition of Slavery - The British rule brought rapid economic and social changes to Mauritius, including the abolition of slavery on February 1, 1835. The abolition of slavery greatly influenced the island's population, society, and economy
9 FebThursThaipoosam Cavadee - Is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). Thaipusam is a celebration in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan.
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratree - Hindu festival that honors Lord Shiva, one of the primary forms of God in Hinduism. It is celebrated in many countries around the world and is considered a public holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maurutius. Celebrated on the 13th night / 14th day in the Krishna Paksha)
12 MarSunIndependence and Republic Day - National Day. This day marks two key events in the recent history of Mauritius, both took place on 12 March; independence from Britain in 1968 and becoming a republic in 1992.
29 MarWedOugadi / Ugadi - New Year holiday celebrated by the Kannada and Telugu communities in India. Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra, the first month of the year in the Hindu calendar. It falls on a different day every year because the Hindu calendar is a lunisolar calendar while the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar
1 MayMonLabor Day - It is an annual holiday that celebrates the achievements of workers
26 JunMonEid-Ul-Fitr - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
26 AugSatGanesh Chaturthi - Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Honors the deity Ganesha, the god of wisdom and intellect. Ganesha is revered as the patron of arts and sciences and the remover of obstacles
19 OctThursDiwali / Deepavali - Also known as The Festival of Lights. Is a major Hindu festival that falls between mid-October and mid-November in the Gregorian calendar. It is dedicated to the victory of light over darkness.
1 NovWedAll Saints Day - Day of remembrance of the dead. Graves in Christian cemeteries are decorated with flowers and candles, by family and friends of the dead
2 NovThursArrival of Indentured Labourers - Remembered the arrival of 36 Bihari contractual workers in Port Louis on board the ship the Atlas, on Sunday, 2nd November 1834, from Calcutta, India
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ

DayDateHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 JanFriDay after New Year's Day
1 FebSunAbolition of Slavery
3 FebTueThaipoosam Cavadee (Hindu Festival)
17 FebTueMaha Shivaratree (Celebrated on the 13th night / 14th day in the Krishna Paksha)
19 FebThursChinese Spring Festival (1st day of 1st Lunar Month)
12 MarThursNational Day
21 MarSatOugadi
1 MayFriLabor Day
18 JulSatEid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
18 SeptFriGanesh Chaturthi
1 NovSunAll Saints Day
2 NovMonArrival of Indentured
11 NovWedDiwali (The Festival of Lights)
25 DecFriChristmas Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
2 JanSatDay after New Year's Day
24 JanSunThaipoosam Cavadee (Hindu Festival)
1 FebMonAbolition of Slavery
8 FebMonChinese Spring Festival (1st day of 1st Lunar Month)
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratree (Celebrated on the 13th night / 14th day in the Krishna Paksha)
12 MarSatNational Day
8 AprFriOugadi
14 AprThursTamizh Puttaandu (Tamil New Year. Not a Public Holiday in 2016)
1 MaySunLabor Day
6 JulWedEid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
15 AugMonAssumption Day (Assumption of Mary)
6 SeptTueGanesh Chaturthi
30 OctSunDiwali (The Festival of Lights)
2 NovWedArrival of Indentured
25 DecSunChristmas Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
2 JanTueDay after New Year's Day
31 JanWedThaipoosam Cavadee (Hindu Festival)
1 FebThursAbolition of Slavery
13 FebTueMaha Shivaratree (Celebrated on the 13th night / 14th day in the Krishna Paksha)
16 FebFriChinese Spring Festival (1st day of 1st Lunar Month)
12 MarMonIndependence and Republic Day (National Day)
18 MarSunOugadi
14 AprSatTamizh Puttaandu (Tamil New Year. Not a Public Holiday in 2018)
1 MayTueLabor Day
15 JunFriEid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan. Date Subject to confirmation)
15 AugWedAssumption Day (Assumption of Mary)
13 SeptThursGanesh Chaturthi
2 NovFriArrival of Indentured Labourers
7 NovWedDiwali (The Festival of Lights)
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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