Mauritius, Africa

Discover Mauritius

About Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful country east of Madagascar, Africa. The small island is half the size of Rhode Island, United States!

Location and capital city

Location and Capital City: The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis. Port Louis is close to the Indian Ocean shore. It is one of the wealthiest cities around, all because of foreign investment.


Foods: You probably wouldn’t think so, but there are many fast food restaurants on the island. When we leave tips, we usually tip 10% of the bill. The people of Mauritius eat three meals a day, like the people in Iowa. Indian and Chinese food are really popular here. A popular food here is biryani. Biryani is just a mixture of meat, rice, vegetables, and spices. We eat with a spoon, knife, and fork just like you. Some Indo-Mauritius eat certain meals with their right hand.


On January 9th, 1968, Mauritius adopted the flag. The colors of the Mauritius flag are red, blue, yellow, and green. Each of the colors stands for something. The red on the flag stands for the struggle of gaining independence; Blue stands for the Indian Ocean; Yellow stands for a bright future; Green stands for vegetation and agriculture.

Flag of Mauritius

Government and Historic background

Government and Historic Background: Mauritius is a parliamentary democracy meaning that it doesn't have a president, but a prime minister or chancellor. Mauritius was believed to be seen on maps around 1502. Malay and Arab sailors were thought to have discovered Mauritius. Portuguese were the first known Europeans to step foot on the island of Mauritius.


Languages: The main language of Mauritius is English. Even though the main language is English, people speak many other languages. Some people speak French, Hindi, and many more languages.

Popular Places

A popular place to go in Mauritius is somewhere along the shoreline. There are nice beaches and nice hotels near by. Another place to visit is Port Louis (Capital City). Like I said before, Port Louis is the wealthiest city around. A wealthy city means it's probably a pretty nice city.

Culture facts

We celebrate New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, and Christmas. The muslims celebrate The Holy Month of Ramadan. That is when they don’t eat from sunrise to sundown. Muslims also celebrate Eid al-Fitr. It’s a three-day feast that celebrates the end of Ramadan. People around the area make many kinds of art, like woodcarvings. People here also make woven baskets and sometimes dresses or skirts.

Local Woodwork


"Mauritius." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 5 Dec 2014.

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