Christmas in the Maldives
What is it like at Christmas in the Maldives? Many of us dream of getting away from the cold damp miserable British winter, and travelling to the Maldives. The pristine white beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean sound idyllic. December is the second rainiest month and the last month to see any note worthy storms until the beginning of the next wet season in April. As the rainfall is mostly concerted in the first two weeks of December, many tourists choose to visit the Maldives towards the end of December and celebrate Christmas and New Year. Christmas in the Maldives is considered peak time and prices are usually higher to reflect this. This does not seem to stop bookings and many islands sell out long before Christmas.
The Martyrs Day, which is known locally as shaheedhunge dhuvas is celebrated every December in the Maldives. It is a public holiday and the date changes from year to year. This event honours the death of Sultan Ali VI as he fought the Portuguese and fell bravely in battle. The legendary Sultan died in 1558 and is considered a national hero and a religious martyr. This religiously charged occasion is celebrated roughly equivalently to Christmas in the Maldives, and it is often expected that tourists substitute their traditional Christmas experience with celebrating the Marty’s day in the Maldives. The remembrance of Sultan Ali VI and all other heroes that fought for the Maldives has generally been declining in importance for the Maldivian people. Many will spend the day quietly at home after going to prayers at a local mosque. Some will enjoy going out to neighbouring islands for relaxation and holidays.
Nearly all of the resorts celebrate with private and exclusive Christmas and New Year parties to entertain their guests. There will be Christmas decorations and special meals put on. Everyone can get together and have a fun time, far far away from the British weather.