There are 15 public holidays in Mauritius in 2024, three of which fall on weekends.
New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1 and 2, 2024, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.
Thaipoosam Cavadee, observed on January 25, 2024, is a time to ask Lord Murugan for forgiveness, good health, and peace. It commemorates when Parvati (the god of fertility) gave Murugan (the god of war, son of Lord Shiva) a Vel spear to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman and his brothers.
Abolition of Slavery
Abolition of Slavery, observed on February 1, 2024, commemorates the anniversary of slavery being abolished in Mauritius on February 1, 1835. In the late 18th century, Mauritius was under French rule, and it was an important slave-trading center.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most important time for the family union. Hundreds of thousands of people working outside will return to their hometowns to meet families and friends. It falls on February 10, 2024.
Maha Shivratri, observed on March 8, 2024, celebrates annually in honor of Lord Shiva. Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate, which consists of 3 gods: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer.
National Day is a public holiday in Mauritius, observed on March 12, 2024. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of Mauritius's independence on March 12, 1968.
Ugadi, or Telugu New Year, is a regional public holiday on April 9, 2024. It is the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu Lunar calendar, which usually falls in March and April of the Gregorian calendar.
Muslims worldwide celebrate this religious holiday, celebrating the end of a month of fasting. The holiday falls on the first day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar, on April 10, 2024.
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2024, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Assumption Day commemorates the day that the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven. The holiday is observed on August 15, 2024.
Ganesh Chaturthi, observed on September 8, 2024, is celebrated for 10 days every year. It marks the birthday of the beloved elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha symbolizes success, happiness, wisdom, and good fortune.
Diwali is the festival of lights in Indian communities worldwide. People light rows of lamps inside and outside their homes for the holiday, representing the triumph of light over dark and the power of good over evil. The holiday falls on November 1, 2024.
Arrival of indentured Labourers
The arrival of Indentured Labourers, observed on November 2, 2024, commemorates when the first indentured workers arrived at the island.
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2024, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.
The following is the list of public holidays in Mauritius in 2024.
|New Year's Day||Jan 01, 2024||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year Holiday||Jan 02, 2024||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Thaipoosam Cavadee||Jan 25, 2024||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Abolition of Slavery||Feb 01, 2024||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Chinese New Year||Feb 10, 2024||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Maha Shivaratree||Mar 08, 2024||Friday||Public Holiday|
|National Day||Mar 12, 2024||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Ugadi||Apr 09, 2024||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr||Apr 10, 2024||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01, 2024||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Assumption Day||Aug 15, 2024||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||Sep 08, 2024||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Diwali||Nov 01, 2024||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Arrival of indentured Labourers||Nov 02, 2024||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Christmas Day||Dec 25, 2024||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
Please also check the working days in Mauritius in 2024.