The Maldives is an Islamic nation and one of its most significant religious festivals is Kuda Eid. This marks the end of the fasting period of the month of Ramadan and is highlighted by a three-day festival filled with prayer, communal feasting and an all-around good time.
Eid Festival, Maldives | img via Pexels
When is it held?
The festival falls on the month of Shawaal, in line with the Islamic religious calendar. This three-day public holiday is celebrated all across the islands in the Maldives.
How is it celebrated?
During the festival, people will spend time at the mosque in prayer and seek out spiritual guidance. However, water sports activities in Maldives are available throughout the year in places like Adaaran Prestige Water Villas. After praying at the mosques, families will gather in their homes and prepare a grand feast to share with family and friends. This part of the celebration takes place once the new moon has been sighted. Its announcement is made via television and a canon!
The festival is about reflection and charity. Helping those in need and spending time with family are core values of the festival.
The Maldivians like to dress up in their best clothes and embrace one another with greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’. In certain islands, traditional dancing performances like bodu beru takes place.