2008 News Archive - Holidays - Maldivian moon festivities

08 08 2007

Lucky tourists venturing further afield this year may be heading to the Indian Ocean to take in the breathtaking beaches of the Maldives.

An enviable holiday destination for most, the Maldives is renowned for providing visitors with an unrivalled climate of peace and tranquillity but some holidaymakers may want to get involved in some lively local festivities while holidaying.

In October, the inhabitants of the local communities celebrate the end of the religious festival Ramadan, which commences at the sighting of the new moon, Whatsonwhen reports.

Prayers and feasting follow an announcement by the cannon in Male of the arrival of the moon and the three-day festival of Kuda Eid begins.

Even strangers are often invited along to join in the delicious feasts and celebratory dancing that takes place in the community, providing authentic entertainment for sun-soaked Brits.

The Maldives is located south-west of Sri Lanka and encompasses 1,192 islets.

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