Easter Holidays Mauritius

Although this is not traditionally a period of grand celebration and festivities, Easter is generally a fantastic time to visit Mauritius. As it does not follow the civil calendar, the date of Easter is not fixed: it is the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, following the vernal equinox of the northern hemisphere, and generally falls between the twenty-second of March and the twenty-fifth of April. In these two months, the humidity on the island drops, cyclones become a thing of the past and the sun shines brighter than ever.

Owing to the fact that, although Easter is observed in most countries, the holidays surrounding the festival are very short, not many people take time off work at this point in the year for holidays. For this reason, Mauritius is uncrowded and Easter tends to become a very family-oriented time. Traditionally, the Friday before Easter Sunday, and the following Monday are public holidays but it is well worth booking a bit of extra holiday to make the most of your time in Mauritius.

Originally the Christian celebration of Easter coincided with pagan spring festivities: in Mauritius this is the end of summer, not the end of winter, but the traditions surrounding Easter remain unchanged, with the giving of chocolate eggs by the Easter Bunny. For Christians, this is the most important time of the church year and it is taken very seriously by Catholics and other denominations on the island. Generally the morning will be spent at church, followed by a family get-together afterwards.

Given the wonderful weather at this time of year, the beach is always a popular destination, and with good reason. The fine, white sand, the sparkling blue waters of the crystal-clear lagoon, the soft grass bordering the beach and the shady pine and palm trees provide an idyllic setting. The temperature of the water at this time of year means that it is possible to spend hours in the sea without feeling a chill and so, snorkelling and scuba-diving are perfect past-times.

As there are not long, traditional holidays associated with Easter, bookings for accommodation are not usually a major problem at this time. There are luxurious suites, breathtaking beach villas which offer the last word in comfort and abundance and an outstanding array of holiday apartments, self-catering options, bed and breakfasts and more.

According to popular opinion, the west coast of the island is the best place to visit. At Flic-en-Flac there are some of the best best scuba-diving locations in the world and the weather on this side of the island is generally agreed to be superb. The north of the island, in the region of Grande Baie, offers great shopping and socialising opportunities, with a range of boutiques, caf├ęs, clubs and restaurants.

Such a wide choice of regions, types of accommodation and holiday packages can seem bewildering at first, so why not let a local company take the stress out of booking your perfect Easter holiday? The Isla-Mauricia team will happily take care of all your holiday needs and provide you with the perfect choice for a memorable time on this little gem of an island.

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