Mauritius Independence Day - 12th March

Mauritius Independence Day - 12th March

Mauritius Independence Day is celebrated every year on the March 12th in Mauritius. This special day celebrates the island of Mauritius, its people, culture, and traditions on the anniversary of the day that Mauritius became an independent state within the Commonwealth.

Mauritius is a country in the Indian Ocean. It is east of Madagascar and comprises four different islands. The main island is the key and the star of the Indian Ocean known as Mauritius. Mauritius was part of the Britain colony before it gained independence as an independent nation in the Commonwealth. The country is part of the African continent and located along the Southeast coast of Africa by Madagascar.

Mauritius is officially known as the Republic of Mauritius. It comprises of four different islands — Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega, and St. Brandon. The main island is Mauritius.

Mauritius was first occupied by the Portuguese; however, the Portuguese were not happy to live on the islands and soon abandoned them. Then the islands were occupied by the Dutch people, who established settlements on them. However, the settlements weren’t profitable and the Dutch soon abandoned the islands.

After the Dutch, the French occupied the islands of Mauritius and brought enslaved people from Africa and India to work on the plantations established on the islands. Later, during the Napoleonic Wars, the British captured the islands, converting Mauritius into a plantation colony under the British Empire.

Slavery was eventually abolished but the British government brought indentured servants from around the world to the islands to serve as labour on the plantations. After the World Wars, the people of Mauritius were accorded universal suffrage. Over time, tensions grew on the island and Britain acknowledged the importance of giving up its former colonies. Mauritius adopted a new constitution with a newly elected Prime Minister, while the English monarch remained the head of state.

Independence Day is celebrated with songs, parties, official speeches, and parades. Watch the celebrations and join the festivities with the Mauritian people on this day.  Raise a glass of your NU ERA SPIRITS Spice and Nice Rum and let's celebrate this special occasion.