Today marks the 47th anniversary of Mauritius as a free country.
The island obtained independence back in 1968. Since 1810, it was a British colony. Mauritius was occupied by the British who had established a number of settlements in the country. Prior to that, Mauritius was known as Ile de France when it was under the authority of the French. The island has indeed gone through a number of transitions to ultimately evolve into a free country.
As from 1968, Mauritius was to stand on its own feet when Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam became the first Prime Minister.
The events marking these will be recalled today during the celebrations.
The guest of honour for the 2015 celebrations is the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who arrived in Mauritius yesterday, 11th of March. He will participate in several events today.
He is to pay his tribute at the Gandhi statue situated at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. He will also attend a civic reception there. In fact, this visit will be symbolic since the date of the Independence Day of Mauritius coincides with the launch of the Dandi march.
Narendra Modi will also pay a visit at Grand Bassin, venerated as the Ganga Talao, considered to be sacred by Hindus of the island.