Locus: Mauritius

Mauritius is characterised by multiculturalism and a plethora of colourful festivals fill our calendars. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha

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PhD student Noorie KarimbocusNoorie Karimbocus, a PhD student at EMBL Heidelberg, takes us to her favourite spots near her hometown of Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius.

Slavery is an integral part of Mauritian history and the rugged landscape of Le Morne Brabant peninsula was used as a shelter for runaways. In 1835, according to legend, police travelled there to report that slavery had been abolished, but many slaves believed they were being chased and leapt to their deaths. Today, Le Morne is a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom and their sacrifice. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha

Slavery is an integral part of Mauritian history and the rugged landscape of Le Morne Brabant peninsula was used as a shelter for runaways. In 1835, according to legend, police travelled there to report that slavery had been abolished, but many slaves believed they were being chased and leapt to their deaths. Today, Le Morne is a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom and their sacrifice. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha

Mauritian people have a strong culture of giving and at each festival we very much look forward to sharing bowls of sweets with our neighbours. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha

Mauritian people have a strong culture of giving and at each festival we very much look forward to sharing bowls of sweets with our neighbours. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha

Divali, or the festival of lights, is a big celebration on the island. It commemorates the triumph of light over darkness, and signifies new beginnings for Hindus. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha

Divali, or the festival of lights, is a big celebration on the island. It commemorates the triumph of light over darkness, and signifies new beginnings for Hindus. PHOTO: Keshav Ramrekha