South African culture and customs in Mauritius

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South African Influence in Mauritius: A Cultural Mosaic

Mauritius is a melting pot of different ethnicities and customs, and South African culture is no exception. The South African community in Mauritius has contributed to the island's cultural mosaic in various ways. Let's take a closer look at how South African culture and customs are reflected in Mauritius.

Language

English is the lingua franca in Mauritius, and it is one of South Africa's official languages. As a result, South African expats find it easy to communicate in Mauritius.

Cuisine

While South African cuisine is not as well-known in Mauritius as that of other cultures, some South African dishes can be found in restaurants and supermarkets. For example, "biltong," a type of dried meat, is a popular snack among South Africans and can be found in some Mauritian stores.

Sports

Rugby is a beloved sport in both South Africa and Mauritius, and it is not uncommon to see people playing or watching rugby in Mauritius. The sport brings people from different backgrounds together and serves as a way for South African expats to connect with their fellow Mauritians.

Holidays

The South African community in Mauritius observes some South African holidays, such as Heritage Day, which is celebrated on September 24th. These celebrations bring people together and provide an opportunity to showcase South African traditions and culture.

Music

South African music may not be as popular in Mauritius as it is in other countries, but some South African musicians perform in Mauritius, and their music can be found in music stores. The blending of South African and Mauritian music has also resulted in new and unique sounds.

Religion

Christianity is the most widely practised religion in both South Africa and Mauritius, and it serves as a common thread between the two cultures. South African expats in Mauritius can find a sense of familiarity and belonging through their shared religious practises.

Festivals

The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival (Kaapse Klopse) is a festival in South Africa and Mauritius. The South African community celebrates it in Mauritius.. The festival is a celebration of music, dance, and community and is a testament to the enduring influence of South African culture.

In conclusion, South African culture and customs have found a place in Mauritius through language, cuisine, sports, holidays, music, religion, and festivals. The South African community in Mauritius has contributed to the island's cultural diversity and has enriched the lives of Mauritians in countless ways. While South African culture may not be as widely represented in Mauritius as other cultures, its influence is undoubtedly present and valued.

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Karen Thornalley

2023-01-16 07:36:37

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