Christmas is a popular holiday season in Mauritius, where diverse cultures and religions have a long history and freedom of religion is protected by law. Each year, Christmas Day is celebrated with a public holiday on 25 December.
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Although 51 percent of Mauritius’ population are Hindu, 31 percent are Christian and 17 percent are Muslim. Hindu holidays, Christian holidays and Islamic holidays are official public observances in Mauritius.
A commercialised form of Christmas has definitely come to Mauritius, and everyone enjoys the festive lights, shopping mall sales, decorations on public buildings and private homes, and general “Christmas spirit” regardless of their beliefs.
On Christmas Eve, Catholics in Mauritius generally attend midnight mass services, while other Christians might attend a daytime service on Christmas Eve or Day. Fireworks are often set off around midnight on Christmas Eve, and a family meal is enjoyed.