Situated at the cross roads of many cultures in the mid-Indian Ocean, Mauritius has holidays from many traditions and religions on its calendar. Included among these is Chinese New Year, an import of Chinese immigrants who came to the island as business owners and traders, especially during the 1840’s and 1850’s.
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The greatest concentration of Chinese-Mauritians is in the city of Port Louis, but they live all over the island and even those not of Chinese descent get involved in the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The exact date of Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Calendar, and it changes every year on the Gregorian Calendar, but it will always come sometime in January or February.
Chinese New Year is a celebration of spring, and the beauty of Mauritius’ white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters, and dramatic island contours and greenery are in full display this time of year.
Many families will get together to celebrate and feast on both Mauritian and Chinese cuisine. Some will get costumed and perform the traditional Lion Dance. Others will set off firecrackers, which was traditionally done to “drive away evil spirits”.
Everyone will reflect on the old year and plan for the new. Many will make new year resolutions, and it’s not uncommon for people to pay special attention to “bad and good luck” during Chinese New Year, to avoid a full 12 months of bad luck in the Chinese year ahead.