The people of Mauritius are very friendly, hospitable and generous. They adhere to a generally relaxed attitude towards life and people are more important than keeping time and schedules. Handshaking is a customary greeting, while it is not uncommon to hear the French ‘Bonjour’. Amongst Hindu Indians on the island, ‘Namaste’ is the usual greeting where a person places palms together (hands upwards) in front of their chest or chin, sometimes bowing slightly.
Dress is quite informal, although, for men, a suit is required for particularly formal occasions. If invited to a private house for a meal, a small gift is appreciated. It is also considered polite to accept and try everything that is offered.
English is the official language of Mauritius, however, many people are fluent in both English and French. Creole is spoken and understood by the entire population. Hindi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken.
The majority of the population in Mauritius is Hindu (48%). Approximately 32% of the population is Christian with Roman Catholicism being the predominant denomination. A further 17% are Muslim, with Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism making up a 2% minority. Around 1% of the population follows other minority religions.
Mauritius Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Mauritius, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Mauritius's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Mauritius for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Mauritius vacations today!
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