The hotel is a reflection of the melting pot of different cultures prevalent in Mauritius, of which the Hindu culture is an important social group. On November 3rd Diwali came to Mauritius.
Diwali celebrates the joyous homecoming of Lord Rama, hero of the epic poem Ramayana. When Lord Rama and his wife Sita triumphantly return to rule their country, the people lit their way with oil lamps.
Now and throughout the global Hindu community families celebrate Diwali with visits, gifts and feasts and lights illuminate their homes for all to see. Indeed, light is the central theme for this festival. There are lights on window sills, on stairways and of course there are lots and lots of fireworks.
To mark the occasion the 4star Mauritius hotel La Pirogue was adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Decorations were everywhere, as were the culinary experiences, the sweets and cakes that typify Diwali. The group ’Sagapataal’ performed as an appetiser to the main show. Indian shadow puppetry was also on the agenda to ensure this was an unforgettable evening in the jewel of the Indian Ocean.
No festival would be complete without the accompanying food to adorn the plates of those who celebrate. During Diwali friends, family and relatives make little treats such as pastashe, which are disks of sugar. They also make khil, which are puffs of rice.
Meanwhile decorative symbols adorn the home, such as rangoli, a pattern made from coloured rice flour. Images of Lakshmi, goddess of fortune, herald the new financial year, blessing ledgers and accounting books for luck.
At this famous beach resort in Mauritius lights were placed around the main restaurant Thatches - at the Blue Bar - and the dance floor was decorated with garlands and saris to create an authentic Indian atmosphere. Hotel employees dressed in Indian outfits.
It was a magical evening that offered guests at the hotel an opportunity to experience the cultural influences of the Hindu community, and demonstrates why La Pirogue is such an attractive resort to visit for the traveller in search of the best beach holiday in Mauritius.