In the Era of COVID, Summer Island Holds Virtual Eid Celebrations

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Summer Island Maldives held a virtual Eid celebration this year to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with a bodu beru show and a special song broadcast on the resort’s social media channels.

Summer Island has become famous for its Eid celebrations over the past few years, with Maldivian staff performing traditional processions, dances and games, such as bodu mas, Koadi, maali, dhandi jehun, and dhafi negun, in addition to bodu beru.

The celebrations have become a big hit amongst staff, foreign tourists, and Maldivian guests, with increasing numbers of people from Male’ travelling to Summer Island for the Eid holidays.

With the resort currently closed because of the Maldives’ COVID-19 lockdown, Summer Island chose to continue the traditional celebrations and show them over social media.

Resort Manager Mari Shareef said: “This year we miss our guests, especially the children visiting us and enjoying Eid. Even though we don’t have any guests, we are still celebrating Eid. We made a special video song and had a live boduberu show from 5-6 pm on Eid day. Eid Mubarak to everyone.”

Summer Island Maldives, located on Ziyaaraifushi, is one of the first Resorts in the Maldives. In 1996, Kaimoo group acquired Ziyaaraifushi and rebranded it as Summer Island Village. In 2015, the island was rebuilt entirely and rebranded as Summer Island Maldives. The island is located in North Malé atoll and is 40 minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport.

Summer Island Maldives was recently awarded the prestigious Holiday Check Gold Award for Being One of Maldives’ Most Popular Resorts. It was also awarded South Asia’s Leading Beach Resort and Maldives’ Leading Beach Resort at the 2017, 2018, and 2019 SATA awards.

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