Customs and traditions
The great mix of cultures and religions in
Mauritius is clearly reflected in the customs and
customs of the residents. French and British
influences have been mixed with Indian and Chinese
Most Mauritians start the day with a typical French
breakfast, consisting of coffee and a croissant. The
country has a rich kitchen, with influences from Indian,
Creole and Chinese food. It is common to buy food from
street stalls. Popular dishes are roti, a kind
of wheat pancake, and dholl puri, a pancake
with mashed beans. Mauritians call tomatoes fries
amour (love apples). The country's tomatoes are
smaller than regular tomatoes and more flavorful.
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Men usually greet each other by holding hands, while
women give each other a cheek kiss. Mauritians of Indian
origin greet by bringing palms to each other in front of
the chest and nodding their heads slightly. Mauritians
do not necessarily look each other straight in the eye
when talking to each other.
Gifts should be handed over with the right hand or
both hands, not just with the left hand which is
Important weekends are the day of abolition of
slavery (February 1), National Day (March 12),
International Labor Day (May 1), First Workers Day
(November 2), Christmas Day (December 25), Ramadan and
several Chinese and Indian holidays. The phases of the
moon determine when the Chinese and Indian festivals,
like Ramadan, occur and the dates therefore vary from
year to year.
Mauritius has a well-developed road network.
There is a motorway between the capital Port Louis and
the international airport in Plaisance. During the
period 1996-2006, the number of passenger cars doubled
and the trucks increased by one third. To reduce
traffic, the government is considering introducing car
tariffs and constructing bus files or, alternatively,
building a railroad between the major cities on the main
The dominant air carrier Air Mauritius is 51
percent owned by the state. The country has good air
links with Africa, Europe, Australia and East Asia. A
new terminal with the capacity to receive four million
passengers annually was opened in 2013 at Plaisance.
The only significant port is in Port Louis. It has
been modernized and further developments are planned to
allow the port to receive larger vessels.
Former Chagos residents are dismissed in the European Court of Justice
The European Court of Human Rights rejects the former Chagos, who turned to
the court with their claim to be allowed to move back to the archipelago (see
April 2006, May 2008 and December 2010).
The European Court of Justice states that the damages agreed by the parties in
1982 constituted an end point for the dispute.
Purryag becomes new president
Parliament appoints new Assembly President Rajkeswur Purryag from MLP as new
President Jugnauth resigns
After a conflict with Prime Minister Ramgoolam, President Jugnauth resigns
and instead becomes the leader of a new alliance between MSM and the largest
opposition party MMM. The aim is to challenge Ramgoolam and MLP in the 2014
Local elections at Rodrigues
In the election to the local parliament at Rodrigues, the Rodrigue
People Organization wins 11 of the 21 seats, while the
Rodrigues Movement gets 8 seats and 2 seats go to Rodrigue's
patriotic front. The turnout is just over 81 percent.