On this Sunday 1st May 2022, the Marathi Community is celelbrating Maharashtra and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Day. On this occasion, The Mauritius Marathi Mandali Federation in collaboration with the Mauritius Marathi Cultural Centre Trust and Marathi Speaking Union celebrated the event at National Level on at the seat of the Mauritius Marathi Mandali Federation, Maharashtra Bhawan, Pandit Sahadeo Square at Moka.
The Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius made the honours with his presence as the Chief Guest for the cultural programme along with other eminent personalities.
It was on May 1st 1960 that marked the official formation of the state of Maharashtra in India. This milestone has been the culmination of struggles to establish a Marathi speaking state, just like other states have been linguistically established. This public holiday in Maharashtra is usually accompanied with parades, ceremonies and political speeches to celebrate its rich culture and traditions.
In Mauritius, descendants of the Marathi community customarily observe ‘Maharashtra and Shivaji Day’ on May 1st which coincides with Labour Day celebrations. Remembering one’s ancestral roots are dear notions to the Marathi diaspora here. Shivaji Bhonsle I (1630-1680) was one of the most formidable warrior-kings in the history of India who fearlessly resisted the Mughal invasion. He devised winning guerrilla tactics and inspired a valiant army to constitute a Maratha empire. Shivaji’s muse was his mother Jijabai Bhonsle who was the encouraging voice for him to attain ‘Swaraj’ (self-rule without cruelty and discrimination). The Mughal conquerors had little consideration for Hindu traditions. Finally, in 1674, Shivaji crowned himself as Chhatrapati (Emperor) at Raigad Fort. A great believer of Lord Shiva and Goddess Bhawani, he lived by the rightful power of the sword and proned tolerance, unlike the conquerors.
The Whole team of Le Matinal wishes the Marathi Community a Happy Maharashtra and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Day.