The charm of festivals in Maldives
The republic of Maldives is famous for its natural beauty and its rich cultural heritage. This island country has its traditions intact. The people of Maldives like to celebrate their festivals in a gala way.
The festivals of Maldives are filled with fun, frolic and excitement. People take these festivals as opportunities to come together and have fun. People of Maldives like to unite with their family members and friends and celebrate the festivals together. There are a number of festivals celebrated in the country during which a sense of unity can be felt in the air of Maldives. Maldives is decorated during the celebrations of festivals. The streets of the country are decorated with flags of red and green colors. This is a symbol of patriotism which the people of Maldives choose to incorporate in their festivities.
Some of the popular festivals celebrated in Maldives are:
- Ramadan: Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. This is a festival in which the people fast for 30 days. Maldives is a predominantly Muslim nation. The timings of government offices are reduced during this month. Even the private offices follow a similar pattern.
- Kuda Eid: Kuda Eid is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. A huge feast is organized in every Maldivian household on this occasion. Early in the morning of the day, people gather in the mosques to offer prayers to God. A lot of charity is also done to the less unfortunate people on this day which is known as Zakath. This festival is celebrated in Maldives for three consecutive days and there is a public holiday in the country for all this while.
- Prophet’s Birthday: This is yet another important festival day in the Maldivian calendar. This festival is of great religious importance. Prophet’s birthday is celebrated by all in the country. People of Maldives visit each other on this day. Some exclusive delicacies are prepared to make the day a special one.
- Eid-ul-Al’h’aa: Eid-ul-Al’h’aa is one of the main Muslim festivals which falls on the 10th day of Zul-Hijja (a month of Islamic calendar). This festival is of great religious importance as many people prefer to embark on their pilgrimage Mecca. Those who are unable to e a part of pilgrimage enjoy the festivities back home with their near and dear ones. This festival holds special importance for the people of Maldives. The people of Maldives enjoy the longest holiday of the year during this festival. These holidays last for five to seven days where family outings and a grad feats area common feature. People plan vacations during this festival and spend some quality time with their loved ones. They like to rejuvenate themselves with some traditional sports, dance and music. People from all walks of life celebrate this festival with great joy.
Apart from these religious festivals, there are some national festivals as well celebrated in Maldives. These festivals include National Day of Maldives, Independence Day of Maldives and Republic Day of Maldives.