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On one fateful night, the Prophet Ibrahim experienced a vivid dream-vision. In the dream, God Almighty appeared before Ibrahim and commanded him to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail as an act of obedience and submission.
As Ibrahim’s devotion to God was nothing short of absolute, he took Ismail to the top of Mount Arafah and braced himself to make the ultimate sacrifice. But just as he was about to slaughter Ismail, the archangel Jibril appeared before the patriarch with a ram in tow. Jibril then revealed that Ibrahim’s faith had been vindicated and that the ram was to be sacrificed as a ransom for his son.
Reflecting on Ibrahim’s obedience, devotion and submission, Muslims around the world have since honored Eid al Adha as the Day of Sacrifice. As we draw nearer to the commemoration of this inspiring event, here are the dates, calendar and guide to celebrating Eid al Adha 2023 in the Maldives.
Eid ul Adha 2023 in the Maldives date
Eid ul Adha in the Maldives is expected to fall on Thursday, 29 June 2023. However, please note that this date may be subject to change and may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.
Eid ul Adha 2023 public holidays in the Maldives
The Maldives will observe a two-day Eid ul Adha festival this year, and all private and government establishments will remain closed during this period. Looking ahead, the dates for the Eid ul Adha 2023 public holiday in the Maldives are expected to be from 28 to 30 June.
How is Eid ul Adha celebrated in the Maldives?
The Maldives is known for celebrating the occasion with great joy and enthusiasm, with a range of festivities and cultural activities taking place.
The celebrations typically begin with an early morning prayer at the mosque, where Muslims gather to listen to a sermon and express their gratitude to Allah. Following the prayer, Muslims exchange hugs and wishes of “Eid Mubarak” and “Eid Saeed” before moving on to the main ritual of the day – the sacrifice of an animal, which is usually a goat, lamb, or ram. The meat from the sacrificed animal is then distributed among family, friends, neighbors, and the poor, with many Muslims also donating money and food to charity as a way of sharing their blessings with others.
During the festival, Muslims wear new clothes and dress up in festive colors, and visit their relatives and friends to exchange gifts and sweets. The celebrations continue for three days and feature cultural events, music, and dance.
Popular activities include:
- Fenkulhi, a game where people throw water packets mixed with colored dyes and oils at each other
- Bodu Beru Jehun, a traditional music and dance performance
- Bandiyaa Jehun, a dance performed by women using pots as musical instruments
- Dhandi Jehun, a dance performed by men using sticks as props
- Thaara, a musical performance with 22 people playing tambourines in harmony
- Dheli Maali, a parade where people paint their bodies with charcoal to represent a black demon
- Bodu Mas, a fishing event where fishermen catch a big fish made of woven coconut palm leaves.
Overall, Eid ul Adha is a time of joy, gratitude, and generosity for Maldivians, who take the opportunity to strengthen their faith and bond with their community.
Eid ul Adha 2023 prayer time in the Maldives
The timing for the Eid ul Adha prayer has yet to be announced as we are still waiting for the official dates from the moon sighting. On the day of Eid ul Adha, Muslims throughout the Maldives will offer prayers at mosques and outdoor places of worship. The prayer time will usually be around 15 to 20 minutes after sunrise in most cities and on most days of the year.