Commemoration of the arrival of the first indentured Labourers in Mauritius
On November 2nd, Mauritius marks the Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers. This is often celebrated at Aapravasi Ghat, Port Louis where more than 400,000 indentured labourers set foot on the island of Mauritius between 1849 and 1924. Port Louis is also home to many other cultural landscapes that you can visit during your North Tour.
Read more: 10 places to visit in the North.
On February 1, 1835, slavery was abolished in Mauritius – closing a two-century chapter. Workers were desperately needed for sugarcane fields and factories in the British Empire.
Therefore, they decide to recruit abundant labour from India to ensure that Mauritius becomes the Empire’s sugar granary. A total of 451,746 indentured labourers embarked from Calcutta, Mumbai, or Madras between 1834 and 1924, all in search of fortune in Mauritius.
British historian Dr Brenda Howell described these Indian labourers in 1950 as the pioneers of a migration that would eventually transform Mauritius’ industrial and cultural life.
This holiday, which commemorates the arrival of the first Indians to Mauritius in 1834, at Aapravasi Ghat and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Indian population and its contribution to the development of the country.
The arrival of these indentured labourers marked the beginning of a series of waves of more than half a million indentured labourers between 1835 and 1910. This has had a profound impact on the social and cultural life of Mauritius.
Mauritius island is wonderfully unique in its culture, customs, history, cuisine and religious landscape. During your visit to the island, be ready to discover the beautiful culture of Mauritius.