Ganesh Chaturthi


Step into a world of joy and devotion as Mauritius lights up with the vibrant celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. Observed on the fourth day of the waxing moon period in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August-September), Ganesh Chaturthi is a time of jubilation, where the island comes alive with colorful processions, melodious bhajans, and the irresistible aroma of sweet delicacies. Join us as we explore the rich history, spirited celebrations, and close-knit community bonds that make Ganesh Chaturthi a cherished festival in Mauritius.

History : 

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the beloved elephant-headed deity revered as the remover of obstacles and the harbinger of good fortune. In Mauritius, this auspicious occasion is celebrated with immense fervor and devotion, bringing together people from all walks of life to honor the revered Lord.

The festivities kick off with great pomp and splendor, typically beginning weeks in advance with the crafting of elaborate clay idols of Lord Ganesha. Skilled artisans meticulously sculpt the idols, infusing them with intricate details and vibrant colors, readying them to be installed in homes and temples across the island.

As the auspicious day dawns, the air is filled with anticipation and excitement as devotees gather to welcome Lord Ganesha into their midst. Colorful processions, accompanied by lively music and dancing, wind their way through the streets, carrying beautifully adorned idols of the beloved deity to their designated places of worship.

Temples and makeshift pandals (temporary structures) become vibrant hubs of activity, adorned with decorative lights, flowers, and traditional motifs. Devotees throng these sacred spaces, offering prayers, performing aarti (rituals of worship), and seeking blessings from Lord Ganesha for prosperity, success, and auspicious beginnings.

Celebration :

A hallmark of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mauritius is the grandeur of the cultural performances and artistic displays that accompany the festivities. Traditional dances such as the séga and the folk dance of Bhojpuri add a lively rhythm to the air, while vibrant rangoli patterns and intricate kolams adorn the streets, showcasing the island’s rich cultural heritage.

Central to the celebrations is the tradition of offering modaks, Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet, as a symbol of devotion and gratitude. Families gather to prepare an array of delectable treats, including steamed modaks, fried modaks, and coconut ladoos, to be shared with loved ones and offered to the deity as prasad (blessed food).


Ganesh Chaturthi is not just a religious festival; it is a celebration of unity, harmony, and community spirit in Mauritius. Families open their homes to neighbors and strangers alike, sharing in the joy and camaraderie of the occasion. It is a time when differences are set aside, and the bonds of friendship and brotherhood are strengthened.

As the festivities draw to a close, the atmosphere is filled with a bittersweet emotion as devotees bid farewell to Lord Ganesha, immersing the idols in bodies of water, symbolizing his return to his celestial abode. The echoes of devotional chants and the scent of incense linger in the air, leaving behind memories of a celebration filled with love, devotion, and joy.