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Maldives Public Holidays

The island country of Maldives is known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. There are a large number of festivals in Maldives that are clear examples of its cultural tradition and heritage.

The Maldives festivals are extremely colorful and filled with fun, excitement and enjoyment. People come together to have a great time and enjoy with friends and relatives in these cultural festivals in Maldives.

Maldivians have great national pride. In all festival planning a feeling of family is sensed as women, men, and children share in the preparation of food, decoration, and entertainment programmes. Most celebrations will find a blending of tradition and modern entertainment. Folk dances and music using wooden instruments may be followed by modern jazz or pop music.


Ramadhan is the ninth month in the Moslem calendar, a month during which moslems mark 30 days of fasting. The working hours are altered for the month, the government offices being opened from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM and the private sector also closing for the day at 3:00 in the afternoon.

The National Day

The National Day is celebrated on the 1st of Rabee-ul Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

Independence Day

July 26th on Malé is the biggest national event in the Maldives festivals' calendar. It marks the Maldives Islands’ independence from the British in 1965.

World Food Day

World Food Day was created by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. In Malé there’s an official reception attended by the Maldivian President.A food fair can be that unites producers, suppliers and consumers to promote local produce and traditional food items.

Republic Day

On 11th November 1968 Maldives became a Republic of the second time. The day is celebrated every year with parades and marches.

Prophet's Birthday

As with all Muslims, Maldivians celebrate the Prophet's Birthday. The prophet's Birthday is 12th day of Rabee-ul-Awwal in the Islamic Calendar.

Eid Festival

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.

Fishermen's Day

Fishermen's Day is celebrated on December 10 to emphasise the importance of fishing to the Maldivian economy and the livelihood of Maldivians. Savour skipjack tuna, frigate mackerel and other local fish on what promises to be a delicious occasion.

Maldives Holidays Calendar is a very informative calendar that displays the Republic of Maldives Public Holidays and is very useful if you have interests to travel in the Republic of Maldives.

Maldives Holiday Calendar

01 January 2010 (Friday) New Year Holiday

15 February 2010 (Monday) National Day

26 February 2010 (Friday) Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

18 March 2010 (Thursday) The Day Maldives Embraced Islam

26 July 2010 (Monday) Independence Day

27 July 2010 (Tuesday) On the Occasion of Independence Day

11 August 2010 (Wednesday) Beginning of Ramadan

10 September 2010 (Friday) Fit’r Eid Day

11 September 2010 (Saturday) On the Occasion of Fit’r Eid Day

12 September 2010 (Sunday) On the Occasion of Fit’r Eid Day

03 November 2010 (Wednesday) Victory Day

11 November 2010 (Thursday) Republic Day

15 November 2010 (Monday) Haj Day

16 November 2010 (Tuesday) Al’h’aa Eid Day

17 November 2010 Wednesday On the Occasion of Al’h’aa Eid Day

18 November 2010 (Thursday) On the Occasion of Al’h’aa Eid Day

19 November 2010 Friday On the Occasion of Al’h’aa Eid Day

07 December 2010 (Tuesday) Islamic New Year Holiday

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