Cavadee in Mauritius

This Tamil festival is one of the biggest festivals in Mauritius and is celebrated with much fervour. It is known for its fire walking and sword climbing ceremonies. Another astonishing feature is the devotees piercing their cheeks with small skewers as they dance, trance-like in their devotion.

A “Cavadee” refers to a wooden arch bearing flowers and a pot of milk on the top and below which is placed in front of the deity. People walk alongside the procession with brass pots of what they consider as sacred milk to place before their Lord Muruga. Come in January or February to witness this.

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