Maldives is renowned for its stunning beaches with sparkling clear waters that reveal the entire underwater world in all its glory. But if you want to understand Maldives and the way of life of the islanders better, then do try and visit the island during any of the events or festivals. Considering that Maldives has a rich culture that has been heavily influenced by India, Sri Lanka, North Africa and Arabia, you can be sure that festivals in Maldives are celebrated with enthusiasm and are colourful and lively.
Since Maldives is a Muslim nation, it goes without saying that the religious festivals that are celebrated here are obviously based on Islam. However, there are other national festivals as well and these events in Maldives showcase the country’s patriotism, traditions and glory. Here are some of the festivals in Maldives which are celebrated with enthusiasm and it would be fortunate if you are able to attend any of these during your vacation in the country.
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The festival known throughout the world as Eid ul Adha, which takes place after the Hajj, is celebrated here as Bodu Eid. Eid ul Adha means big Eid. A tradition unique to Maldives is that islanders and fishermen weave a big fish using palm leaves during this Eid.
If you happen to visit Maldives during the holy month of Ramadan, you will be able to enjoy delicious traditional food which is prepared only during this festival time.
Also known as Kuda Eid, this marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.
Maldives celebrates its National Day on the first day of the third month of the Islamic Calendar. The event is marked by military parades as well as political speeches.