Thaipoosam Cavadee celebration in Mauritius

The Thaipoosam Cavadee is a festival of Tamil origin that marks the end of 10 days of fasting that the penitent will complete with a pilgrimage to the temple. Ten days during which he will seek to elevate his soul and purify his heart. A celebration in homage to the God Muruga, son of God Shiva and the goddess Ouma, and little brother of the God Ganesh.

There are several Cavadee’s during the year but the most important one, named Thaipoosam Cavadee takes place in January or February. It is the second last Cavadee of the Tamil year. There are six Cavadee per year and the Thaipoosam Cavadee is considered by Mauritians of Tamil culture to be the most important of the six Cavadee, the last of which is in March, one month before the beginning of the Tamil year.

Fete Du Thaipoosam Cavadee à L'ile Maurice

The “kodi” (flag with the designs of the “vel”: the spear that killed Idumban, and a peacock or a rooster) is hoisted at the entrance of the temple, indicating the beginning of fasting. A fast that will last ten days. During this sacred period, the worshipper must purify his soul and heart, driving out hatred, passion, pride and envy. Abstinence and prayers are required. All those who wish to participate in the Cavadee must prepare themselves physically and spiritually for this magnificent but very trying ceremony. A bracelet is tied to their wrist as a sign of commitment and submission. For several days the penitents go to the temple to pray to the divinity and sing hymns. Offerings are deposited there: coconuts, fruits, milk, saffron water…

Fete Du Thaipoosam Cavadee à L'ile Maurice

On the day of the ceremony, the rituals follow one another: prayers, offerings and purifying bath. After the ablutions in the river or in the sea, milk is poured into two small copper pots, which are covered with a piece of cloth, before being attached to the Cavadee. Most devotees are dressed in fuchsia, while some men are shirtless. The forehead, shoulders, back and chest are covered with sacred ashes.

If you are passing through the island at this time, it is absolutely necessary to attend this splendid celebration, full of colour, meditation and mysticism, where pilgrims go into a trance thanks to music and prayers. For any activity booking during your stay in our luxury resort, do not hesitate to contact the concierge service.