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7 Maldivian Festivals to Lookout for During Your Maldives Trip – Experience the vibrant Maldivian culture

The Maldives is known for its scenic beauty thanks to the iconic beaches and luxury thanks to its underwater villas. But, did you know that the Maldivian culture too is beautiful? Many festivals are celebrated in this destination, and they showcase the best of the Maldivian culture and heritage.



You must be well aware of the fact that the Maldives is a Muslim country where its population is 100% Muslim. Ramadan is one of the most sacred religious festivals for Muslims and this is an annual event. If you visit the Maldives in August (or September), you'll be able to witness many rituals and customs related to Ramadan, and you'll begin to love all these. During this season, locals fast in the daytime and fill the evenings (after prayers) with delicious dishes.


National Day of the Maldives

Are you planning to visit the Maldives in February or March and stay at VARU by Atmosphere? Then, you'll get the wonderful chance of joining the National Day celebrations of the Maldives. The main celebrations will always happen in its administrative capital Male, but each island will also have something special. These celebrations include military parades, fireworks, and flag processions.


Independence Day

On 26th July 1965, the Maldives gained independence from the British. Remembering this golden milestone, the country celebrates its Independence Day full of joy and gratitude on the 26th of July each year. Maldivian streets (not just in Male) get filled with dancers, singers, and performers on this day and all islands get colourful with vibrant parades. If you are in Male, head to the Republican Square in the evening because it hosts the biggest national celebration.


Whale Shark Festival

During your stay at a Maldives all-inclusive resort, you don't ideally miss out on the chance to enjoy some diving moments. Diving in the Maldives is special because here you get the chance to swim with whale sharks and have close encounters. The whale shark festival happening in August every year is to celebrate the precious marine life (including whale sharks) and the relationship they have with the locals. Here, the locals, artists, and marine specialists get together and share their stories.


Republic Day

Yes, the Maldives first received its independence in 1965. But, following some struggles and chaos, the country became a republic again on 11th November 1968. Republic Day is to celebrate this milestone. The main celebration happens in Male where parades and political speeches are the key elements.


Eid Festival

Eid is celebrated in September every year and this is one of the biggest celebrations here. Eid goes on for three days, and this period is filled with storytelling sessions, local performances, and many other interesting activities.


Prophet's Birthday

Prophet Muhammad is considered the founder of the Islamic faith. A lot of charity activities happen on this day to celebrate his birthday, and every mosque gets decorated colourfully. In addition to all these, you will also come across many processions through the streets of Male.

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