Maldives has always been world-renowned for its pristine beaches, luxury resorts and thrilling adventures, however, there’s much more to the island nation. This land of exotic island beaches celebrates an array of events – be it national occasion or spiritual festivals, with extreme fervour and enthusiasm attracting people from all walks of life; and each event has its own importance among the natives of the island as well as tourists.
Read on to know about some of the top events and festivals celebrated in Maldives:
Since Maldives is entirely an Islamic country, Ramadan is one most important festival celebrated here each year. Also known as “Rorda Mas”, the festival has a lot of religious reverence. It is a month long festival held in the months of August and September, which is called the 9th month of Islamic calendar; and all the Muslims fast for 30 days. It is an ideal time to sample some of the amazing local foods and delicacies in the entire nation.
Eid-Ul-Adha is one of the major religious festivals in Maldives which is also known as Eid-e Qorban, Qurbani Eid and the Festival of Sacrifice. It marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage and is celebrated on the 10th day of the Thul Hijjah as per the Muslim calendar. People from different parts of the world visit here to be a part of this four-day festival that begins after the early Morning Prayer and exchanging of gifts and is followed by an array of events including music concerts, traditional dances, sports competitions and some older Eid customs.
Independence Day in Maldives has a lot of significance as the day celebrates the freedom of the country from Britain. This day is held annually on July 26, and it is considered to be a perfect time to be in this fascinating destination. All the islands of the nation are filled with parades, performances, food and various festivities exhibiting modern themes as well as traditional values. If you happen to spend your holiday on a resort island, you are certain to indulge in special novel experiences, activities, menus and spectacles.
The National Day
Also called Qaumee Dhuvas, Maldives National Day is held on the 1st of Rabee ul Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. As the day celebrates the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu over the Portuguese in the year 1573, it is one most importance day in Maldives. It falls sometime in the month of February or March; and one will see a number of parades and marches all across the country. The capital of Maldives, Malé is the best place to experience the rich essence of the event.
The 12th day of Rabee ul Awwal – the third month of the Islamic calendar, Prophet’s Birthday is an ideal day to have an intriguing cultural experience in Maldives. As the day celebrates the birthday of holy prophet Mohammad, it has a lot of religious significance for the Muslims. He was the one who advocated the concept of “Oneness of God (Allah) in the nation. The event takes place on a grand scale and the mosques in the capital as well as all around the country are crowded with worshippers.