This Thursday, 12 March 2009, Mauritius is celebrating its 41st anniversary as an independent country, and also its 17th years as a republic. The island was an English colony until 1968, and had been under the hold of different countries in the more earlier years, namely France, the Dutch, and even the Portugese, who were the first ones to discover the island.
This year the guest of honor is the President of the Republic of Botswana: Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. The official ceremony will take place at Le Champ de Mars, in Port Louis, as from 18.30.
History of this beautiful island found in the Indian Ocean can be found here.
Glory to thee, Motherland,
O motherland of mine.
Sweet is thy beauty,
Sweet is thy fragrance,
Around thee we gather
As one people,
As one nation,
In peace, justice and liberty.
Beloved country, may God bless thee
For ever and ever.
Proud to be a Mauritian!! Happy Independence Day to all fellow countrymen!!