Fitr, or commonly known as Kuda Eid is one of the most interesting festivals in
the Maldives. Today, Maldives would be celebrating the end of Ramadan with
festivities which would continue for 3 consecutive days with various
traditional events throughout the island nation.
Eid al-Fitr falls on the first of Shawwal – the month which follows Ramadan in the Islamic Calendar. It is a time celebrate with family and friends. In the last few days of Ramadan, all Muslim families are determined to give an amount as a donation to the poor, the donation is done in terms of food such as rice or anything equivalent in the local currency that would ensure that those in need would be able to enjoy a holiday meal and participate in the festivities. This donation is known as Fitr Zakat.
On the Day of Eid, Muslims would gather early in the morning to the mosques to perform Eid prayers.
After the Eid prayers, People visit each other’s houses, family members, friends, and exchange gifts, and well wishes for the holiday.
Maldives dress in their best clothing for the Eid Festivities, Embracing each other and wishing ‘Eid Mubarak’. In Rural islands the traditional dances like Bodu Beru and Bandiya are performed, and everyone participates actively
The local percussions of Bodu Beru will echo everywhere, from island to island in a rhythm where the beautifully dressed Maldivian ladies would be performing a traditional dance named Bandiya.
These music and dances are usually conducted and performed in the evening, nearing the feasts and prayers of the day.