Snow-white beaches in the middle of palm trees, colorful coral reefs, overwater villas and a rare combination of virgin nature and European service – this is how travelers see the island country of Maldives. The Maldives is an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands, of which about 200 are inhabited, grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, connected by boats and seaplanes.
The archipelago is the most romantic and amazing place on earth, a paradise for diving enthusiasts, explorers, nature lovers and a real honeymooners dream.
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What to do
The Maldives is a great place for lovers of water sports, active and romantic vacations.
As for unusual activities, hotels in the Maldives offer to feed stingrays and sharks. Sea creatures already know the time when to swim to hotel piers, and it turns into a real show.
Independence Day · July, 26th
On July 26, 1965 the Maldives gained full independence from Great Britain. To commemorate this, parades, colorful events and street performances are held across the country every year.
Victory Day · November, 3rd
On this day in 1988, Sri Lankan mercenaries attempted to overthrow the then incumbent president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The government house in Male was liberated and the date became Victory Day. Military parades, dances and costume processions take place during the holiday.
Republic Day · November, 11th
An event of national significance in the Maldives, celebrating the re-establishment of the republic of the islands in 1968. The Republic Day is celebrated with marches and parades, songs, dances and colorful street festivities.
Food Festival · Last week of November
Exotic fruits, delicacies, seafood – all of these can be found at the Maldives’ most “delicious” festival. During the festival, producers and farmers from all over the archipelago gather in Male to present and sell their produce.
Fisherman's Day · December, 10th
Fishing plays a significant role in the economic life of the Maldives. It is the most important livelihood for all Maldivians, which is why fishing has its own day on the calendar – December 10. On Fisherman’s Day, fish fairs are held in the capital and on the islands. The feasts are accompanied by the rhythms of local music and performances by folk groups.
New year's Eve · December, 31st - January, 1st
Traditional New Year holidays in the Maldives are celebrated for tourists. The islands organize amazing New Year’s Eve shows, concerts, art exhibitions, discos.
National Day · no fixed date
Maldives National Day, known as Qaumee Dhuvas, is observed to celebrate the victory over the Portuguese occupation in 1573. This holiday, based on the lunar calendar, takes place 11 days before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, and has no fixed date. During this time, lavish parades are held and fireworks are set off all over the country.
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