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Witness a blend of Maldives’ cultural traditions and modernity in the exciting celebrations and festivities. You will not want to miss out on the fun and warmth of every occasion.
The island’s longest holiday, Eid-ul Al’h’aa falls on the 10th of Zul Hijja based on the Islamic calendar. There are grand feasts prepared and everyone joins in the celebrations,visiting their family and friends on other islands. Over a period of five to seven days, traditional sports,music and dance fills the air of Male.
The Muslim community celebrates Prophet Muhammad’s birthday on the 12th of Rabee-ul-Awwal based on the Islamic calendar. Family visitation takes place and everyone enjoys a feast together, preparing special dishes to commemorate this day..
Kuda Eid is the first day of the month of Shawaal in the Islamic Calendar. This follows the end of Ramadan and is a period of feasting. Men and women gather at the mosque in the early hours of dawn to perform prayers, and prepare a feast for family, friends and neighbours are invited.
Celebrate Independence Day with the Maldivians on 26 July. Head to Republic Square in the evening to watch the locals perform in parades – from children to adults, everyone joins in the colourful celebrations.
Rejoice with the Maldivians as they celebrate becoming a republic on 11 November with a parade.
Qaumee Dhuvas (Maldives National Day)
Celebrate Mohamed Thakurufaanu’s 1573 victory over the Portuguese on the 1st of Rabee ul Awwal. This date in the Islamic calendar’s third month is Maldives’ National Day.