Maldives in still mode

Maldives celebrates 49th Independence Day

Posted in History by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on July 26, 2014

5976780172_4d9cfe2826_oMaldives Independence Day has a lot of significance, as it is on this day that this country got freedom from the clutches of Britishers. It falls on the 26th in the month of July. In the year 1887, Maldives became a British Protectorate. During that time, the Britishers agreed that they wont interfere in the internal affairs of Maldives. However, when it came to foreign matters, the Britishers had to be consulted.

As a part of agreement, the Britishers said that in return, they would ensure that Maldives is safe and won’t be subjected to any colonial intimidation. Later on, on 26th July 1965, Maldivians were granted full independence. Independence Day celebrations in Maldives take place on a large scale.

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My photograph painted by Afu

Posted in History, People by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 29, 2014

My photograph painted by Afu

Maldives number one artist Afzal Shaafiu Hassan (Afu) painted two of my photographs from a post in blog archive, Mosques from Addu.

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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Posted in History, information, People by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

Today is an extremely sad day. Nelson Mandela, one of most courageous leaders, has passed away. South Africa –indeed, the whole world – is saying goodbye to a great human being and an incredible inspiration.
I am among the millions around the world who feel a deep sense of loss.
Thank you very much Nelson Mandela – for all the good that you delivered to so many, and for all those that you helped, both in South Africa and well beyond. We are deeply indebted to you and, already, we miss you enormously. We will never forget you.

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Dhandi Jehun Folk Dance

Posted in Culture, History, information by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 14, 2013

DSC_0259 DSC_0263 DSC_0266 DSC_0275Dhandi Jehun is a popular dance form of the beautiful islands of Maldives. The style in which the Maldives Dhandi Jehun folk dance is performed varies from island to island. A group of 30 men participate in this dance. It is believed that Dhandi Jehun dance has come from Malik (Minicoy Islands). Read on to know more about the Dhandi Jehun folk dance Of Maldives.

The dance consists of a lead singer, who usually sings the “Thaara” songs or “Unbaa” songs. Other group members sing in chorus and dance to the beat of the song. In the Dhandi Jehun folk dance show, each performer holds three sticks called Dhandi. While dancing, he hits his Dhandi with that of the performer facing him. There is no specific dress for the dancers. However, they all dress up in uniformity.

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Bandiyaa Jehun Dance

Posted in Culture, History, information, Photography by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on April 16, 2013

DSC_0358 DSC_0368 DSC_0377 DSC_0379Bandiyaa Jehun is a popular dance form that takes place in the Maldives Island. Though, western pop and Indian music are becoming increasingly popular, but this traditional Bandiyaa Jehun folk dance of Maldives has its own importance. It is like the Indian pot dance, in which the women carrying metal water pots sing and dance to the tune of music. While singing, they tap the pots with their finger rings. Read on to know more about the Maldives Bandiyaa Jehun folk dance.

There is no specific dress for the performers, but definitely they all dress up in uniformity. Usually, women wear a long skirt and a blouse called ‘Dhigu hedhun’. In the present times, many new things have been incorporated like the use of a number of instruments like drum and harmonica. Even as far the music & apparels are concerned, lots of modifications have been made to keep up with the changing trends.

‘Victory day’ fireworks

Posted in Event, History by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on November 20, 2012

Here are some pictures of fireworks show by the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) to mark the Victory Day, 14th November 2012.

Maldives victory day is of supreme importance, as it is on this day that a terrorist group from Sri Lanka attacked the Maldives government. The incident took place long back on the 3rd of November in the year 1988. Since then, 3rd November each year is celebrated as the victory day festival of Maldives, a remembrance of the unwavering defence put up by the National Security Service and the steadfastness of the people, in defending our nation.

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Maldives celebrates 47th Independence Day

Posted in History, News, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on July 26, 2012
Maldives celebrates 47th Independence Day by m o d e
Maldives celebrates 47th Independence Day, a photo by m o d e on Flickr.

Maldives Independence Day has a lot of significance, as it is on this day that this country got freedom from the clutches of Britishers. It falls on the 26th in the month of July. In the year 1887, Maldives became a British Protectorate. During that time, the Britishers agreed that they wont interfere in the internal affairs of Maldives. However, when it came to foreign matters, the Britishers had to be consulted.

As a part of agreement, the Britishers said that in return, they would ensure that Maldives is safe and won’t be subjected to any colonial intimidation. Later on, on 26th July 1965, Maldivians were granted full independence. Independence Day celebrations in Maldives take place on a large scale.

Note: This is the 1st Independence Day of Maldives after coup d’etat.

Dharumavantha Rasgefaanu Miskiy

Posted in History by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 5, 2012

“Dharumavantha Rasgefaanu Miskiy” (Mosque) in the Capital of Maldives is considered to be the oldest existing mosque in the Republic of Maldives.

The Mosque situated in a serene ensemble between the Sultan Park and the Muleeaage can be attributed to Muhammed-ul-Adil (Dharumavantha Rasgefaanu), the first Sultan of the Maldives.

Dharumavantha Rasgefaanu Mosque is a one-room structure measuring approx. 13 x 6.6 m with a 1.8 m wide covered veranda in the front, and there is a well inside the campus for drawing water for ablution.

Source: National Centre for Linguistic and Historical Research

Republic day of Maldives

Posted in History, News by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on November 11, 2011

Maldives republic day has a lot of significance, as it is on this day that Maldives became a republic, after so many years as a monarchy. Initially, republic was formed in the year 1953, but it could not last for a long time and the monarchy was restored in the same year. Later, it was on the 11th of November in 1968, when Maldives finally became a republic.

This Day in History – October 29

Posted in History, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on October 29, 2011

2008: Former political prisoner Mohamed Nasheed defeats President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Asia’s longest-serving ruler, in the Maldives’ first democratic presidential election.

Picture story [A prisoner who became a president]