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