MAURITIUS, a busy schedule of events to experience the Mauritian summer immersed in folklore and traditions of the island
Back from 17 to 26 November the inevitable appointment with the International Festival Kreol now in its 13th edition, the most important celebration of the Creole Mauritian culture to know the most authentic soul of the island. The festival includes tastings of local specialties, overwhelming Sega music, dance shows, poetry readings and other initiatives in different locations on the island such as beaches and parks. The true essence of the Creole tradition is manifested in the Sèga, the typical Mauritian dance, whose origins are to be found in Madagascar, so dancers with traditional costumes, engaging music and contagious joy will entertain the spectators by giving a unique show. The Kreol Festival thus becomes an opportunity to get closer to the Creole culture and immerse yourself in the traditions of the island and its inhabitants.
Mauritius lights up with colors also during the celebrations for Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival that takes place from 7 November for a week, also known as the “festival of lights” and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, the overwhelming of darkness. Oil lamps are in fact exposed in every home and give life to a light show, while candles and electric lights illuminate the gardens, streets and buildings of the whole island in a veritable luminous blaze. The nights of the island light up every day, in what is a real triumph of lights and shades. Tradition has it that families prepare for the party by cleaning their homes from top to bottom, dressing them with as many candles and oil lamps as possible, and then meeting in prayer with their family members.
The 11th edition of the International Short Film Festival promoted by the Porteurs d’Images association, which every year commits itself to promoting the production of films by local directors, will be on the island from October 9th to 13th. The unpublished short films are projected outdoors in different areas of the island to win the eye of the greatest number of people. At the end of each film comes the discussion at the Film Bazar forum, where viewers can exchange ideas and comment on the show just seen. Workshops, cultural activities and conferences will frame this real open-air cinema.
For sportsmen, on November 17th Indian Ocean Triathlon returns, the most exciting and evocative triathlon race in the world in the fascinating landscape of the island between sea and mountains. This is the right occasion to challenge yourself immersed in the panorama of Mauritius: swim in crystal clear waters, ride along the jagged coastline and run on the fine white sand. After the competition the festivities begin, involving all the participants with dances, shows and a rich buffet of traditional multi-ethnic