Maldives, a Land from Paradise, has a rich and unique culture heavily influenced by its location and Islamic faith. Here are some local customs, culture, and festivities you can experience in the Maldives.
- Religion: The Maldives is a 100% Muslim country, and the practice of Islam is central to the culture of the Maldives. You can be hear the call to prayer throughout the day. Visitors should be respectful of Islamic customs and dress modestly in public areas.
- Language: The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, a language that is closely related to Sinhalese and other languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent. English is the language of tourism industry.
- Dress: “Libaas” is a Traditional Maldivian dress. Men wear a sarong-like garment called a “mundu,” while women wear a long dress called a “feyli.” Visitors should dress modestly in public areas, mainly rural or conservative ones.
- Music and Dance: “BoduBeru,” traditional music and dance of the Maldives, features a large drum and a group of performers dancing and singing. Other conventional dances include “Langiri,” “Dhandi Jehun,” and “Bolimalaafath Neshun.”
- Festivals: The Maldives has several festivals, many of which are religious. The most significant festival is Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Other festivals include the Maldives Independence Day, National Day, and Victory Day.
- Food: Traditional Maldivian cuisine features a variety of seafood dishes, including grilled fish and curry. Coconuts and rice are staples of Maldivian cuisine. Some popular dishes include Garudhiya (fish broth), Mas huni (a breakfast dish made with tuna, coconut, and onion), and Bis keemiya (a pastry filled with sweet or savory ingredients).
- Art and Craft: Woven mats, lacquerware, and wooden carvings are traditional handicrafts of the Maldives. Palm leaves and coconut shells found on island are the necessary crafting materials found on the islands.
Visitors can experience this paradise’s unique music, dance, and cuisine of the Maldives and learn about traditional handicrafts and customs. It is essential to respect Islamic customs and dress modestly in public areas, particularly during religious festivals. Truly said that Maldives is a Land gifted from Paradise.