Maldives Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • The Republic of Maldives is an Island Country located in the Southern Indian Ocean and consisting of over 150 island.
  • With its white sands and sheltered lagoons, Maldives holidays offer a once in a lifetime getaway to a photogenic island paradise.
  • As Maldives is an Islamic country, most of its holidays are base on Muslim culturally and religious with lunar cycles.
  • Islamic holiday or Muslim festivals are timed according to local moon sightings and may differ from the date given
  • All employees are give a paid day off on national holiday by Maldives Labor Laws
  • To promote Maldives tourism, tourist can have their own holiday celebration within the resort area.
  • The weekend is observed on a Friday and Saturday
  • Holiday falls on weekend are move to the prior Thursday or the next Sunday to extend the holiday celebration.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
27 MaySatFirst of Ramazan - Islamic month of fasting is an important religious occasion that starts on a new moon and continues for 28 days
25 JunSunEid-ul Fithr - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
26 JulWedIndependence Day - Celebrates independence from British on 26th July 1965
1 SeptFriEid-ul Al'h'aa - Also called Bodu Eid. Sacrifice Feast. 66 days after the end of Ramazan, this is the time when many Muslims begin the pilgrimage (haj) to Mecca
2 SeptSatHajj Day (Arafat (Haj) Day) - Second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after is the first day of the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha
21 SeptThuIslamic New Year - Marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented
3 NovFriVictory Day - Celebrates the victory over the Sri Lankan mercenaries who tried to overthrow the Maldivian government in 1988
11 NovSatRepublic Day - Celebrate the replacement of the longstanding Sultanate with a republican form of government in 1968
12 NovSunRepublic Day - Celebrate the replacement of the longstanding Sultanate with a republican form of government in 1968
19 NovSunNational Day - Commemoration of the day Mohammed Thakurufaanu and his men overthrew the Portuguese on Male in 1578
1 DecFriMilad un Nabi - Birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad is the prophet of Islam and widely identified as its founder by non-Muslims. According to Islamic doctrine, he was God's Messenger (rasūl Allāh) sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets
20 DecWedThe Day Maldives Embraced Islam - First day of the month of Rabi' al-thani

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
12 JanTueThe Day Maldives Embraced Islam (First day of the month of Rabi' al-thani)
1 MaySunWorkers Day
6 JunMonFirst of Ramazan
6 JulWedEid-ul Fithr (End of Ramadan)
26 JulTueIndependence Day
27 JulWedIndependence Day Holiday
28 JulThursPublic Holiday (Additional holiday to bridge to weekend)
11 SeptSunHajj Day (Arafat (Haj) Day)
12 SeptMonEid-ul Al'haa (Sacrifice Feast)
2 OctSunIslamic New Year (Islamic New Year)
3 NovThursVictory Day
11 NovFriRepublic Day
30 NovWedQaumee Dhuvas (First day of the month of Rabi' al-awwaw)
11 DecSunMawlid al-Nabi
31 DecSatThe Day Maldives Embraced Islam (First day of the month of Rabi' al-thani)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
1 MayTueWorkers Day
16 MayWedFirst of Ramazan
15 JunFriEid-ul Fithr (End of Ramadan)
26 JulThursIndependence Day
21 AugTueHajj Day (Arafat (Haj) Day)
22 AugWedEid-ul Al'haa (Sacrifice Feast)
11 SeptTueIslamic New Year (Islamic New Year)
3 NovSatVictory Day
11 NovSunRepublic Day
20 NovTueQaumee Dhuvas (First day of the month of Rabi' al-awwaw)
1 DecSatMawlid al-Nabi
8 DecSatThe Day Maldives Embraced Islam (First day of the month of Rabi' al-thani)

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