The Maldives Independent was invited to the recently concluded Eid festivities at Thoddoo islands. Eid is celebrated with vigour across the country, where Islam is the dominant religion. The celebrations last for three days, and usually include a street carnival and cultural programmes.
Each island of the 200 inhabited islands has a unique way of celebrating. At Thoddoo, a tiny island in Alif Alif atoll, this included a walk with youngsters dressed-up in imaginative and often outlandish costumes, some traditional, while others – like Tinkerbell – more contemporary. At each event, residents gathered to cheer the singers and dancers performing on the street and the stage, as the musicians pumped up the proceedings.
The festivities were organized by Moosa Jameel, long-time resident of the island.