The Festivals in Lakshadweep are various and are major attractions on Lakshadweep tours. Lakshadweep, the only Coral Islands in India, is an archipelago comprising 36 main islands, numerous tiny islands, and coral reefs. During the Muslim festivals, Lakshadweep showcases an exuberant culture and tradition. However, there are a number of tribal festivals that are also celebrated with a lot of zeal and energy.The best place to witness these festivals are the many mosques that are spread in almost all parts of the islands. Among all Id-Ul-Fitr celebrated in the month of Ramadan is one festival that is celebrated by every soul on the island. This is one festival which is celebrated by every soul on the island.The majestic beauty of this scenic archipelago will surely captivate you.
The smallest union territory in India, Lakshadweep is also a place of culture marked by various festivals round the year.Majority of the population in Lakshadweep comprise Muslims. The number of mosques in the islands of Lakshadweep is seemingly endless. Festivals in Lakshadweep Hordes of tourists come to this union territory to witness the Festivals in Lakshadweep.
Minicoy is prestigious for its traditional dance called the Lava Dance and is generally performed on festive occasions.
Since Lakshadweep is possessed generally by Muslims most celebrations celebrated here are Islamic in nature. This includes festivals like –
* Id-ul-fitr - Commonly known as the festival of breaking the fast, this festival is marked by joy and happiness. This festival is observed when the new moon is sighted at the end of Ramadan or the month of fasting. On this festive occasion special food and delicacies are prepared and distributed to friends and neighbors.
* Bakrid - This festival, known as the festival of sacrifice, is one of the famous Festivals in Lakshadweep. This festival is observed to pay homage to Prophet Ibrahim's readiness to sacrifice his son for the sake of God. Thousands of Muslims assemble to recite special prayers for peace and prosperity on this auspicious day. Moreover, the Bakrid also marks the completion of pilgrimage to Mecca.
* Milad-Ul-Nabi – This festival marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. Muslim communities all over India celebrate this day by taking part in religious services. Mouthwatering food and delicacies are prepared for the day.
* Muharram – On the day of Muharram people mourn the Karbala tragedy when the grandson of Prophet Muhammad - Imam Husain, was assassinated as a martyr. This day of mourning is observed by carrying opulently adorned taziyas, which are replicas of the martyr's tomb, through the city streets. People beat their chests and express grief over the assassination of Imam Husain on this occasion.
The Festivals in Lakshadweep are celebrated with great gusto. These are the occasions when people from different corners of the region come together and rejoice or morn, as the occasion may be.
Celebrated mostly by the inhabitants of the islands, Moulood Festival is seen to get divine gifts. Prior, the merriments used to be set apart by the Dandi Dance performed by local people in a gathering before the town house. Ratheeb is another extraordinary celebration celebrated here. Amid this, local people visit the tomb of Sheik Kasim to appeal to God for his gifts.
Since this union territory is in close proximity to Kerala, the culture is quite similar to that of Kerala. Parichakali dance, Kolkali dance, Lava dance and Opana are some of the popular forms of dance, performed during marriage celebrations and festivals.
Do not plan your Lakshadweep vacation during festival time as most of the markets and shopping places are not fully functional during this period.
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