Maldives officially the Republic of the Maldives and also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, oriented north-south, that lie between Minicoy Island (the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, India) and the Chagos Archipelago.
The Capital and largest city of this country is Malé.
Christmas Celebrations in Maldives :
The festival of Christmas is celebrated with much enthusiasm amongst the people of the island called Maldives. During Christmas in Maldives, one of the most important things is to show love and respect to Jesus. On the day of Christmas, the carolers walk all over the place singing beautiful Christmas carols and walking across the place and visiting the house of Christian missionaries. The love offering to Jesus is one of the most important parts of Christmas celebrations in the island of Maldives. Kids hang up their stockings in order to get beautiful Christmas gifts from Santa Claus.
New clothes are bought for church services by the people of Maldives and this forms an integral part of the Christmas celebrations at Maldives. Family members go out together in order to celebrate the festive mood of Christmas in Maldives. The family members together play interesting games and also indulge in sunshine bathing.
The dinner on the night of Christmas is an open air affair arrangement, much like the Christmas dinner arrangement at Africa. The traditional Christmas delicacies in Maldives would include such items like turkey, roast beef, mince pies, suckling pig, yellow rice, vegetables, plum pudding, crackers and paper hats.
All the Maldives people embellish their homes with pine branches, along with Christmas fir tree during Christmas gala. In order to gather beautiful and attractive Christmas presents, small Maldivian kids throng the gift stores. Another chief custom of Christmas celebration in Maldives is to purchase new set of clothes for church services. Maldivians go out for Christmas celebrations with their family and enjoy a number of exciting games or sunlight bathing. The natives go for Christmas dinner or for al fresco lunch. The Maldives people decorate their houses with vibrant colors and beautiful laces. The Christmas tree and Santa’s figure is carved out and set in the houses.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!