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 Festivals in Lakshadweep

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Lakshadweep Festivals speaks of the vibrant traditions of the religious past of the island. Since the majority of people living in Lakshadweep belong to the faith of Islam, hence, various festivals also reflect the customs of that faith. Bakrid, Id-Ul-Fitr, Muharram, and Milad-Un-Nabi are the important festivals of Lakshadweep.

Bakrid is followed by the entire Muslim community of Lakshadweep as symbol of sacrifice of the great Prophet Ibrahim. It is believed that on this day the Mecca or the revered pilgrimage of the Islam followers comes to an end. Prayers are offered to the feet of the Prophet in the various mosques of the


Celebrating the first sight of new moon after a month long fasting period, the Muslim followers, on the day of Id-Ul-Fitr prepare delicious dishes at their home and also distribute the same to their closed ones.

Muharram is a sacred festival of Muslims in Lakshadweep. On this day, the devout followers of Prophet Mohammad come out in street carrying a well-embellished taziya and beating their chests to commemorate the heinous killing of Imam Husain, who was the grandson of the great prophet.

The day of Milad-Un-Nabi is considered as one of the most pious days of the Muslim followers as on this day the great prophet of the faith Prophet Mohammad appeared on the earth. Apart from making special dishes, the Muslim people of Lakshadweep also indulge in various community services on this day.

The entire island becomes a sight of colorful extravaganza during each and every Lakshadweep Festivals.

Id-Ul-Fitr Id-Ul-Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim inhabitants of Lakshadweep at a time when the new moon appears after the month of Ramadan. Ramadan symbolizes the period of fasting during which the followers of Islam faith devoid themselves from any kind of delectable dishes. Also pronounced as Eid-Ul-Fitr, the festival is followed by the Lakshadweep people by making various local cuisines.  Read More...

Bakrid Bakrid is a symbolic festival of Muslims in Lakshadweep. Paying homage to the revered Islamic Prophet Ibrahim for his sacrifices towards the divine power, the Muslim followers on this day gather in mosques of Lakshadweep to offer prayers. Bakrid is also significant for the Muslim communities since it is on this day that the journey to Mecca ended. Read More...

Milad Ul Nabi In the archipelago of Lakshadweep, Milad Ul Nabi or Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi is also known as Mawlid. This commemorates the birthday of Prophet Mohammad. Mohammad, the last Prophet of Islam, is believed to have been born in Mecca of Arabia in 571 AD. The 12th day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which is the third month of the Islamic lunar year, is considered to be his birthday. In the islands of Lakshadweep, it is celebrated with traditional festivity and immense religious fervor. Read More...

Muharram The festival of Muharram in Lakshadweep is celebrated with much zeal and fervor in the Lakshadweep islands. The festival commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussein, who was the grandson of the prophet Mohammed, at Karbala in Iraq. The people of Shia community bring out colorful tazias that are symbolic of the sparkling tomb of the Martyr's and are carried in mass processions throughout the streets of Lakshadweep. Read More...


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