Time of festival: First day of the month of Shawaal in the Islamic Calendar.
Significance: Marks the end of Ramadan (the period of fasting).
Highlights: 3-day festivity, in which people offer prayers in the mosque and prepare special feast
Kuda Eid, also known as Fithru Eid, is an important religious festivity that marks the end of Ramadan, as in the Islamic month of fasting. Usually, the Kuda Id festival of Maldives falls on the first day in the month of Shawaal, according to the Islamic calendar.
It is a three day long festivity, which is observed as a public holiday period. Read to know more about Maldives Kuda Eid festival.
To celebrate the Fithru Eid Festival of Maldives, people visit the mosque early in the morning. They offer prayers and seek the divine blessings.
Special feast is prepared at each house and friends and relatives are invited to join. The celebrations take place only after the new moon is sighted. Its announcement is usually done by a canon in Male and via television.
During this special occasion, offerings are made to the poor and needy. People in Maldives dress in their best clothing for the Eid celebrations.
They embrace each other and wish 'Eid Mubarak'. Also, greeting cards are exchanged. In rural islands, traditional dances like Bodu beru are performed, in which people participate enthusiastically. The festivity of Kuda Eid is celebrated with fun and frolic.
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