Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated in the Maldives on 12 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar. Milad Un-Nabi, or Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, is a big holiday in Maldives, which has been a majority Muslim nation for over 800 years, after the kings and people of the islands converted to Islam from Buddhism through the influence of Medieval Muslim traders.
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Like all holidays in Maldives, Muhammad’s Birthday is kept with great show and enthusiasm. You will see buildings colourfully decorated and the streets filled to the brink with those celebrating Muhammad’s birth.
People will also invite friends and relatives over to enjoy a meal, give food to those in poverty, take part in special prayer meetings, read and recite the Koran, and teach children about Muhammad’s life.
In Maldives, it’s also traditional to sing the Arabic song called Malood, which praises Islam’s founding prophet. And people will celebrate and feast for three days straight, eating delicious “sweetmeats” on day three.