Mauritius is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and above all, multi-religious society. one has to be respectful of Mauritius’ diversity. Majority of the population is connected with their ethnic and religious communities. They prefer to be greeted in their traditional way.
Family life is considerably important to Mauritians. Hence, when conversing with a Mauritian, it is expected to enquire about the well-being of their family as well.
Always greet and say goodbye to people, no matter who they are. It is common for people to exchange a ‘bonjour’ (hello) or ‘bonne journee’ (have a good day) when leaving, particularly to service providers.
Modesty is highly valued in Mauritius. One has to be considerate about how you present yourself.
Mauritians are cool tempered people. Speaking at high pitch or any demonstrative act is considered ill-manners in their society.
Do not presume one’s ethnic or religious affiliation. It is always better to allow your counterpart to inform you about it him/her to avoid embarrassment.
Try not to speak in a language that others do not understand. English and Urdu are widely spoken in Mauritius.
Never make ethnicity-related jokes at any place at any cost.
Last modified: June 14, 2022
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