The COVID19 pandemic has disrupted the world of philately. Mauritius Post issued its first Official First Day Cover for the year 2020 in September.
29 February 2020: 60th Anniversary of the Mauritius Marathi Mandali Federation
On the 29th February 2020, a Special Commemorative Cover was issued to mark the Mauritius Marathi Mandali Federation celebrated its diamond jubilee marking the contribution of the Marathi community to the social, political and economic development of Mauritius.
The Federation is the supreme body representing the Marathi Community in Mauritius. Its main objective is to promote, preserve and share the rich Marathi culture, language and traditions in Mauritius. The Federation’s Headquarters, Maharasthra Bhawan is located in Moka.
Over the years, the Marathi language is taught is primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. The Mauritius Marathi Federation celebrates important religious and social events, such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Gudhi Padwa and Maharastra and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Day. It also celebrates other hindu festivals, to keek the customs alive and to enhance the involvement of the new generation.
23 July 2020: 170th Anniversary of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry
A special commemorative cover was issued on 23 July 2020 to mark the 170th Anniversary of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The objective of the MCCI is to defend and promote the interests of its members at local, regional and international levels by voicing their views and concerns. The core mandate is to advocate for pro-business policies that will enable enterprises from all size to grow in a conducive environment.
26 September 2020: Mauritius – Australia: 50 years of Diplomatic Relations, Official First Day Cover
To mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Australia, Mauritius Post issued an official first day cover, with a single Rs. 33 stamp, that depicts the floral motives of the two countries: the Trochetia boutoniana, endemic to Mauritius, reflect the vivacity of Mauritian society; the green and gold of the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) are Australia’s national colours. The resilience of the two species embodies the spirit of the peoples of our two countries.
Mauritius and Australia enjoy close cultural, security and economic relations.
On the same day, the Australian Post issued an official envelope as well to mark the event
28 October 2020: 150th Anniversary of the Historical Postal Building
On 28 October 2020, Mauritius Post issued an official First Day Cover to mark the 150th anniversary of the General Post Office (GPO) building, a historical monument situated in Port Louis, Mauritius. The building also hosts the Postal Museum.
Since its creation in 1772 and up to 1870, the Postal Services had never had a permanent location. In 1865, with the development of its services, the need to have a permanent office was felt. The location near the Customs Office next to the Military Hospital was finally chose. As the maritime routes were at that time, the main channel of communication for overseas mails, the proximity of the Post Office to the harbour was particularly advantageous, thus facilitating the reception and dispatch of overseas mail. The plans were approved and construction began in 1865. The building was constructed in pure Victorian style and the building was completed in 1870.
The GPO housed the administration as well as the services to the public. The Central Telegraph Office was also installed in one wing of the building in 1877. In the 20th Century, the Headquarters was transferred to the adjacent old Military Hospital. With the corporatization of the Postal Services and creation of The Mauritius Post Ltd, the Headquarters and the Postal Services were transferred to the ex-Cooperative Bank building, at 3 Dumas Str. Port-Louis in 2004. Subsequently, in March 2018, MPL Headquarters moved to its own building at 1, Sir William Newton Str. Port-Louis.
The historical stone building was declared National Monument in 1958 and was inscribed in the National Heritage in 2003.
2 December 2020: Celebrating the 240th Anniversary of the Arrival of Chinese Immigrants to Mauritius
Established in 2018, the New Chinatown Foundation, a non-profit organization whose aim is to preserve, revive and reinvent Chinatown in Port-Louis and to perpetuate the Chinese legacy, commemorated the 240th anniversary of the arrival of Chinese migrants to Mauritius.
In the 1780s, thousands of voluntary migrants set sail for Port-Louis from Guangzhou on board of British, French and Danish ships, with the hope of a better life and future abroad for their families. The earliest migrants were mostly cantonese speaking, however, the majority of Chinese who came to Mauritius are from Meixian and are hakka speaking.
Hardworking and courageous, the Chinese adapted quickly to Mauritius and opened shops (la boutik sinois) in many villages all over the island. Over years of perseverance, determination, meticulous work and savings, the Chinese managed to provide for higher education for their children who eventually hold various key positions in Mauritius in the fields of economy, politics and business in public and private sectors in Mauritius.
18 December 2020: 75th Anniversary of Cercle de Beau Bassin
In 1945, Victor Marcel Ducasse, Victor Maulguet, Dr. Tacoor and Henri Brunel, who were fan of domino, decided to play regularly in a small building at Napier Broom Street, Beau Bassin. The 4 domino lovers sometimes met in a garage. The idea of setting up a club emerged and the Statutes of the Club were soon validated, leading to the creation of Cercle de Beau Bassin. When an opportunity arose to buy the current location at Route Royale Beau Bassin, property of Labauve d’Arifat family, they decided to buy the property to resettle the Club.