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Eid Celebration in Maldives

Posted in History, Photography by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on April 10, 2009

The Maldives has been an Islamic country since 1153 and the Islamic festival of Eid has always been an important event for the people. Even in the days of the monarchy, special customs were followed in the Eid. It includes special drumbeats from ‘Nabuskhan’, a place where special events are announced with drums, and the official procession of the Sultan to the Eid prayer. This procession was accompanied by music and military displays. In the islands special games are played. People wear new clothes and are in a festive mood.

Through the times the customs of celebrating the Eid have changed. Now you can see western and modern music shows held in Male’ and other islands. In addition brass bands, cadets of schools and National security service hold parades out in the streets. The traditional games are also now revived including baibala. There are two Eids for Muslims, one after the fasting days of Ramazan and the other after the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The various cultural events associated with these two Eids vary and are also different from island to island. Here are some pictures of Eid celebration 2008 in Noonu Velidhoo.