Mauritius – a cultural melting pot

The people of Mauritius are a vibrant tapestry woven from threads of diverse origins. Here’s a look at what makes us unique:

A Multi-Ethnic Mix

  • Mauritius is a true melting pot. The majority, around two-thirds, are of Indian descent, with ancestors who came as indentured laborers in the 19th century. 
  • The second-largest group is the Mauritian Creoles, descendants of African and Malagasy slaves brought during the French colonial period.
  • Smaller communities include those of Chinese descent, who arrived as traders, and European Mauritians with French and British roots.

A Blend of Cultures

  • This rich ethnic mix translates into a beautiful blend of cultures. Languages like Mauritian Creole (a French-based dialect), Bhojpuri, and Hindi are spoken alongside English and French.
  • Religious traditions are just as diverse, with Hinduism being the most practiced religion, followed by Christianity and Islam. 
  • Mauritian cuisine is a delightful fusion of Indian, African, Chinese, and European influences.

Unity in Diversity

  • Despite our differences, Mauritians share a strong sense of national identity. We celebrate our unique heritage through vibrant festivals like Holi (Hindu) and Eid (Muslim).
  • Mauritian society is known for its tolerance and peaceful coexistence. This makes the island a haven for peace and multiculturalism.

Warm and Welcoming People

  • Mauritians are renowned for their hospitality. Our smiles and friendly demeanor are sure to warm your heart. We take pride in our beautiful island and love sharing it with visitors.


Mauritian people are the heart and soul of the nation. Our story is one of resilience, adaptation, and a celebration of our shared heritage.