Like many countries where Hindus live, Mauritius celebrated yesterday Divali (or Diwali ) , the festival of light , whose exact meaning is ” row of lights .” This is a major festival in the Indian world , very popular , during which hindu people offer treats and gifts and shoots fireworks . During five days, and the third one is the largest (Bari Diwali , “the great Diwali “). It is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi , the other four being associated with various legends and traditions.
In Mauritius island, Diwali is actually very popular. On this occasion , families decorate their houses multitudes of lamps , which offers a beautiful sight after nightfall. They also prepare special treats they offer to friends and neighbors of all faiths. This is a time for sharing experiences among all mauritians from every communities ( Hindus, Catholics, Muslims … ) . The “gateau patate” (whiwh means “potato cake “), a classic mauritian pastry, is often prepared in number and offered for Divali . This is a donut stuffed with sweet potato, sugar and grated fresh coconut , fried in hot oil …. delicious!
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