The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced that Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be observed on Wednesday, 10 April, across the Maldives. This decision came after the 30th day of Ramadan was confirmed for Tuesday, following the absence of moon sightings in Islamic countries on Monday night. 

According to a statement from the Islamic Ministry, experts have confirmed the moon of Shawwal will not be visible above the horizon in Male’ or any other region of the Maldives, nor in any Islamic nation.

In anticipation of Eid, President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has called for national solidarity during the celebrations. His remarks were made at the inauguration of “Eid Ali” and the reopening of the water fountain at Republic Square, an event attended by high-ranking officials including the First Lady Sajidha Mohamed, Vice President Hussain Mohamed Latheef, and other dignitaries. 

The President expressed his hope that the festivities, which include the national rollout of festive lighting and speaker systems, would bring the community together to celebrate in unity. He highlighted the significance of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr in Islam and outlined his administration’s commitment to enhancing the festive atmosphere across the nation.

The ceremony also marked the reactivation of the “Jumhooree Favvaaraa” water fountain at Republic Square, a notable landmark that had been inactive due to overdue renovations. Additionally, President Muizzu and the First Lady will host a public greeting session on the morning of Eid al-Fitr at the Official Residence, Mulee’aage.

In preparation for Eid, Male’ City has been adorned with fairy lights and decorative arches, an effort spearheaded by STELCO. Managing Director Hussain Fahmy emphasised the initiative’s aim to revive the essence of Eid celebrations and foster unity and community spirit as advocated by Islam. This year’s decoration is not confined to the capital but extends to islands across the Maldives, with some already having completed their preparations.