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Culture

The islands of Maldives appear in-between the trading route of the Indian Ocean. Thus settlers, and visitors from neighboring regions and around the world have come in contact with the islands for as long as history has been recorded. Such is the to-and-fro flow of people and their cultures that a marked effect has been left in the Maldivian people, the language, beliefs, arts, and attitudes.

 
  • Not surprisingly, the faces of today's Maldivians display the features of various races that inhabit the lands around the Indian Ocean's shipping and maritime routes taken by African, Arab and South East Asian mariners

  • Dhivehi is the most commonly spoken language in Maldives and is an integral part of the culture of Maldives, though there are several dialects that are spoken in different atolls all over Maldives. A land of festivities, Maldives celebrates all the festivals that feature on the traditional Muslim calendar.
    National dishes include fried fish, fish curry and fish soup. Arecanut (an oval nut chewed with betel leaf, cloves and lime) is the equivalent of an after-dinner mint. Alcohol is only available in tourist resorts, and at the airport hotel. The local brew is raa, a sweet and delicious toddy tapped from the crown of the palm trunk. Apart from coconuts, there are very few fruits and vegetables grown on the islands

  • Enjoy local music and folk performances as you experience the vibrant culture of glorious Maldives. The term “bodu beru” means a big drum, and lends its name to the famous music and dance form of Maldives.

    Boduberu (Dhivehi: Þ„Þ®Þ‘ÞªÞ„Þ¬ÞƒÞª) is similar to some of the songs and dances found in east Africa. It is likely that the music was introduced to The Maldives by sailors from the Indian Ocean region. It may be said that Boduberu known commonly as "Baburu Lava" (Negroid Song) first made an appearance in The Maldives in the 11th Century AD, or maybe before.

    Tourist resorts organize performances of this dance for a local culture night, and it can be quite sophisticated and gripping.Contemporary local rock bands often perform at resorts where they do credible covers of the usual old favourites.

  • KuruFali' dance is a maldivian traditional dance which combines with traditional 'BoduBeru' music... They use to perform this dance in special ceremonies.. 'Kuru' means Short and 'Fali' means Oar. 'BoduBeru' is a type of traditional africandrums..

  • Boat building is of course an important part of local culture of Maldives. See craftsmen at work as they create sturdy “dhonis” or fishing boats on your tours through tropical Maldives.

  • Tour the local mosques and be charmed by the calligraphy carved on walls and be a part of the close-knit community where every family knows each other on the island

  • Enjoy unique coconut shell ornaments, red mats, lacquer ware, pillboxes and flower vases as you tour the bustling local bazaars.

  • The Maldives culture is strong and adaptive despite various foreign influences. Western fashions, pop music and videos are visible in the capital, but on public occasions, the celebrations always have a distinctly Maldivian touch.