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Welcome to Maldives

Maldives won its independence from the British in 1965 and has been a republic since 1968. The Maldives is a member of the UN, the Commonwealth and the Non-Aligned Movement and it maintains a very cordial relationship with the international community. The population of the country currently stands slightly in excess of a quarter of a million. The common language (Dhivehi) and religion (Islam) unite the people into a cohesive and peaceful society. Tradition is valued though not at the expense of development and modernization. Maldivians are generally not race conscious, perhaps because the country has been inhabited for centuries during which visitors from as far apart as China, Africa, Arabia and Persia have been assimilated into the society.

Maldivians have a proud heritage and a rich culture adapted to island life. For thousands of years the Maldivian people have been host to travelers from far corners of the world and their kindness and hospitality are impeccably renowned. It is with the same enthusiasm and hospitality that they welcome all tourists who come to share the beauty of these islands

A proud history and rich culture evolved from the first settlers who hailed from different parts of the world. The Maldives has been a melting pot of different cultures as people from different parts of the world came here and settled down in ancient times. Some of the local music and dances for instance resemble African influences, with hand beating of drums and songs in a language that is not known to any but certainly represents that of East African countries. As one would expect, there is great South Asian influence in some of the music and dancing and especially in the traditional food of the Maldivians. However many of the South Asian customs, especially with regard to women - for instance the Sub Continent's tradition of secluding women from the public - are not tenets of life here. In fact women play a major role in society - not surprising considering the fact that men in rural islands spend the whole day out at sea fishing. Many of the traditions are strongly related to the sea, as life is dependent on the seas around us.

It is a very phonetic language with the vowels below and above the letters in the form of dashes. There is no exact correlation between the Thaana and Roman script, which leads to the same word or name being spelt in many different ways. In the 1940s, the 20 administrative units, which are also known as atolls, were each assigned a letter of the Dhivehi alphabet. For example North Maalhosmadulu is usually referred to as Raa atoll according to the alphabetic assignment

     

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Population

Just above 300,000 - ,origin of the Maldives are not exactly known. According to history, the islands have been populated for over 3000 years. Early inhabitants were from indus valley civilization and travelers on the silk route.

People

People of Maldives are inherently warm, friendly and hospitable. It is easy to mingle with the Maldiveians. They are generous and helping minded.

Culture

Many traditions are related to the sea-women play a major role in the Society while men spend most of their day time out at the sea for fishing south Asian influence in traditional food.

East African and South Asian influence in drums dance and music – BoduBeru is the3 most popular form of music and dance- Bandiyaa Jehun is a much popular dance performed by young women. Western pop and Indian music are quite popular, yet traditional forms survive.

Language

Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldiveians which enables the visitors communicate easily and get around.

Education

The people of the Maldives embraced Islam in 1153. Except for a few brief spells, the country has remained independent throughout its history. A strong community spirit and an ability to rise to the challenges that they have faced have helped the people remain free. Their lifestyle shows an industriousness and ingenuity that makes the most of their limited natural resources, and a remarkable adaptability to changing circumstances. These are traits, which have helped Maldivians thrive amidst the changing cultural and political tides that have washed the shores of these islands from time immemorial.

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