Mauritius celebrates their independence from the United Kingdom annually on March 12. Mauritius was jostled between the hands of the Dutch, French, and later by the British after the Napoleonic War.
Mauritius gained its freedom when United Kingdom granted its complete independence on March 12, 1968. Port Louis is the country’s capital with population of more than 1,288,000 according to the 2008 census. Creole, French, and English are among the languages spoken in the island nation. The country is home to the extinct flightless bird known as ‘dodo’. The people of Mauritius celebrate independence with the traditional hoisting of the flag at the Champ-de-Mars in Port-Louis followed by speeches from government leaders. Parades with people holding the Mauritian flag swarm the street along with street party playing loud music. Independence Day is one of the most important bank holidays in the country. People use this time for family bonding; visiting the local malls and parks and spending time in the wonderful beaches of Mauritius.
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