In Maldives, Eid-ul Al’haa, the local name for Eid al Adha, is a public holiday. This is the “feast of sacrifice”, celebrating the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael to Allah as told by the Koran.
|2020||31 Jul||Fri||Eid-ul Al'haa|
|2 Aug to 3 Aug||Sun to Mon||Eid-ul Al'haa Holiday|
|2021||20 Jul||Tue||Eid-ul Al'haa|
|2022||9 Jul||Sat||Eid-ul Al'haa|
|10 Jul to 12 Jul||Sun to Tue||Eid-ul Al'haa Holiday|
|2023||28 Jun||Wed||Eid-ul Al'haa|
|29 Jun to 1 Jul||Thu to Sat||Eid-ul Al'haa Holiday|
|2024||16 Jun||Sun||Eid-ul Al'haa|
|17 Jun to 19 Jun||Mon to Wed||Eid-ul Al'haa Holiday|
Although morning prayer sessions, dressing up in new clothes, exchanging small gifts, and sacrificing an animal to feast on and share with the poor, are practiced in Maldives as in other lands, Maldives has some unique traditions as well.
Practically every island in the archipelago has its own traditions, often including street carnivals, dancing, singing, music concerts, donning colourful costumes, and putting on cultural programs.
Also, there are many sports competitions, including of the traditional Maldivian game “bai bala”, which involves members of one team attempting to tag members of the opposing team within a sand circle.