The population of Mauritius has a majority of Hindus and this culture expresses itself all over the island. Temples, altars, holidays, weddings, there are many colourful events that take place all the time and it is not rare to take part into one if you have had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the people of this very open and hospitable community.
Religious beliefs go hand in hand with politics in Mauritius, with believers voting for a leader that is of the same religion as them.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
Hindu festivals go on throughout the year, creating various colourful and fun atmospheres. Hindu weddings are the most representative of the culture.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
Hindus believe in reincarnation and retribution.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The first Hindus arrived on the island in the early 19th century. They were to replace the slaves that had been freed around the same period.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The night of Shiva, the Maha Shivaratree, is one of the most popular parties on the island.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice