Multiculturalism: a wealth of humanity
Apart from its lush landscapes and biodiversity, the Land of Eden is just like a mini version of Reunion Island as a whole: a land of diversity and tolerance.
Travellers in quest of spirituality will find it reflected in a harmonious society where beliefs are not only respected, they are intertwined. Historically the land of Indian indentured labourers, the East is populated by multicoloured Tamil temples open to passing visitors, such as the Colosse temple or Maryen Peroumal temple in Saint-André. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover both spirituality and Tamil rituals and traditions, like firewalking, processions and other impressive festivals such as Diwali (the Festival of Light).
In the Land of Eden, alongside the temples, there are iconic churches such as the Church of Sainte-Anne, where Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Paul Belmondo got married in the film Mississippi Mermaid, or Notre-Dame-des-Laves, in Sainte-Rose, which miraculously survived the Piton de la Fournaise eruption in 1977. With its diversity and different faiths, which transcend differences, combined with a melting pot of cultures and populations, Reunion Island is a perfect example of living together.