Maldives

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Independence Day

Celebrated with much zest and vigor the national festival that sees the islands of Maldives coming alive with parades, performances and festivities. The independence day of Maldives takes place on 26th of July every year since July 26th 1965 when the nation gained autonomy from the 78 year long British rule. The day will see the Republic Square coming alive with the customary march past of the National Security Services and the National Cadet Corp to kick start the official opening followed by the dance performances and drills, and other cultural pageants.

Eid Festival

There is no better time to explore the cultural splendor of Maldives than during Eid Festival time.  Falls on the 10th day of Zul-Hijja of the Islamic Calendar, following the week long conclusion of fasting for Ramadan. The festival sees continued feasting for days, with grand meals, local bands, drummers, and ritualistic performances and young and old celebrating into late nights. Taking over the bustling city is a relaxed holiday atmosphere. For some Male inhabitants, this is also a time to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The long public holiday is spent visiting friends and family in home islands or engaging in traditional sports, music and dance. This is a time for sudden encounters with ‘Maali Neshun’ - dance groups dressed as Maali ghosts- masked, painted and covered in ash and palm leaves, parading on the streets to the surprise of the onlookers.  Bodumas Beynun(whale fishing) -is also a cultural ritual of the local fishermen and islanders during Eid.

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Eid Festival

There is no better time to explore the cultural splendor of Maldives than during Eid Festival time.  Falls on the 10th day of Zul-Hijja of the Islamic Calendar, following the week long conclusion of fasting for Ramadan. The festival sees continued feasting for days, with grand meals, local bands, drummers, and ritualistic performances and young and old celebrating into late nights. Taking over the bustling city is a relaxed holiday atmosphere. For some Male inhabitants, this is also a time to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The long public holiday is spent visiting friends and family in home islands or engaging in traditional sports, music and dance. This is a time for sudden encounters with ‘Maali Neshun’ - dance groups dressed as Maali ghosts- masked, painted and covered in ash and palm leaves, parading on the streets to the surprise of the onlookers.  Bodumas Beynun(whale fishing) -is also a cultural ritual of the local fishermen and islanders during Eid.

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