The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius – and the offices of its various High Commissions around the globe, including South Africa, are gearing up to celebrate the island’s 50th anniversary of accession to independence, as well as the country’s 26th anniversary as a Republic.
The official ceremony of the Levé de Drapeau took place on Monday, at the Champ de Mars racecourse, and included a flag-raising ceremony, a helicopter display and a colourful cultural sound and light show, to showcase the many different and vibrant cultures that make up Mauritius.
Mauritius’ Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said what made Mauritius unique is the creation of a rainbow nation that necessitated adjustment, tolerance and respect for different faiths and cultures.
“Mauritius is connected through the hearts of all of us. We learn from those who are around us and we respect the advice of the older generation in a way that shapes our own vision of how we should fend in life,” said Jugnauth
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