With a mélange of customs and traditions inherited by its multitude of visitors, traders, and even colonists over the years, the Maldivians are rather warm and hospitable, much like its neighbouring Sri Lanka.
The Maldives is surrounded by the palm-fringed beaches that provide access to its famed fishing industry. Therefore, fish and coconut milk play a significant role in the preparation of many dishes.Mas Roshi, garudhiya, and reef fish cutlets are some of the best-loved dishes in the country.
Although the island nation was of the Buddist faith during the earlier times, nowadays, it flourishes as an Islamic country. It is said that a Sunni Muslim by the name of Abu al-Barakat Yusuf al-Barbari was responsible for converting the last Buddhist king of the country into Islam.
The traditional dressing methods of the islanders are quite simple. The males dress in a sarong and a long-sleeved shirt, which is invariably cotton due to the humid conditions of the islands. The females are seen adorned with a libaa, which is a long traditional dress. The tourists must be decently dressed when relaxing at the mainland beaches unless they are at a designated bikini beach or the confines of a resort, such as Saii Lagoon Maldives.
The Maldivianslove to have vibrant celebrations at the many festivals held around the year. It is worth leaving your Maldives beach villa to witness their National Day as the natives don colourful costumes and celebrate through enthusiastic dance and singing.