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Maldives Independence Day 2007 & Sarong Party

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me and Ali Didi (most senior guy in the island)

Maldives celebrates 42nd year of Independence! - dont ask me from who! Well, Like any other celebration we have in this island - football is always a way to start off anything... So, the celebration begun with the raising of the Flag and singing the national anthem (which by the way was my first time ever hearing the song!), yikes! Then, a friendly fotball match followed by all the screaming and shouting..I didnt know which team to cheer on as all of them are our staff so I basically cheer on any team that puts the ball to goal...at some point I felt I was a joker! Just before sunset the match was over. It was great that I had the time to take photos of the sunset where I was seated.

Ali Manik in traditional Maldivian costume
  meanwhile, different group of boys where setting up the stage for the big party just a few meters where I was whilst another group was setting up the dinner counters just a few meters from my office.  Decorating both places with what ever we have available in the island.  I must admit that we can only play with coconuts and some other trees as decoration, so far and in all parties we had since I came here - there has been only coconuts! and It was funny how these boys are so keen and full of energy on organising this kinds of event, when most of the time at work...they always make an excuse of being sick..apparently today even under the heat of the sun..nobody bothers to be sick! I happily took photos of them with the promise of writing a blog out of it.
traditional Maldivian dance
I'm sure half of them would be checking this site out and see thier beautiful photos and tell their friend and families about it.

At 6.30pm the dinner started, could hear music from my office, and the commotion that left me wondering until I went and join in the fun.  Live cooking, bbq and grill manned by our volunteers and an appetizing buffet was in place with a chef and waiters...hmmmm. lovely! Around 8pm I felt really hungry I stole Haneef's dessert and then help Bhupe do the grill.  Gush it was pretty hot behind the grill plate! But I was enjoying it as much as the ones who happily asked me to grill chicken or beef for them.  Bhupe was all red face when we finished.  when we were sure everyone had eaten, it was time for me to eat properly and get dressed for the bigger party.

Sarong boys!

The boys were really thrilled about the party whilst I was eating, they have asked me to put on a traditional dress that they bought for me.  Ohhh..isnt that sweet? I was so surprised that they even go this far.  So, i took the dress and promised to put it on for the party.  Unfortunately the dress was too big for me.  So, I have to stick on to the sarong :(, which by the way took me 1 hour to figure out how to put it on tightly so it will not fall off when I dance or step on it, somehow the boys were tying to explain it to me on the phone but it seems that my brain wasnt picking up the right twists!!!... so, the last hope...sshhhh..I had magic pins! I made sure I have enough pins! I jumped up and down my bed just to test! hehehe.

Mueen, Me, Musthafa & Arif - in a dress!
.When I was comfortable enough to convince myself that it will not fall off, I head to the door, not kowing what to expect.  The boys hired a group of musicians and dancers (traditional musicians to be exact)..but doesnt know what this means - havent seen one before.  As soon as I was out, Ali Didi - the oldest man in the island (we call him a chieftain, as he has been sort of like a father to all the boys), chased me.  Apparently, my sarong was not tied up in a traditional way! ooops! eventually he found out the pins!!!! To his dismay - he made me go back and re-do it! So, instead, I convinced him that we go to my office and take the camera so i can take a photo of him. He suddenly forgot about my sarong!  when we reached my office immediately we posed for photos.
dancing with Nadeem
.hehehe. 

With the sound of the first drum beat, we rush to the area, the event started with the drums - they call "budu beru" and then a lot of words in Dhivehi (Maldivian language)... thats sounds very similar to a prayer by the way!..then clapping..a lot of clappings so I clapped along..didnt really know why - there goes the joker in me.  Then the drums began and the boys were lining up towards the dance floor to make an entrance for their traditional dance.  I can see so much excitement in their eyes.  Whilst it was fun seeing them perform I still havent got the hang of the music. It sounds like the drums and the singing were in total conflict ! But the boys were amazingly in sync with the music by the way they move.

Budu Beru - traditional Maldivian music (drums and singing)
  After the first round of traditional dancing the boys started pulling us in to the dance floor. I was really bad with the traditional dancing, so instead I was teaching them belly dance...hahaha..what a way to put myself in the lime light..huh. when everyone started dancing like me, then I got the hang of the music but this was after a couple of beers and I'm not a beer drinker btw!!!

So, as the night grew late, everyone were having a great time that i forgot to take pictures.  What made it even more fun was that 3 boys dressed up in a traditional dress.  One of the dress was supposed to be for me but since it was big I gave it up.  although, I didnt feel bad giving it up coz I look like a scare crow in the middle of the coconut trees on it anyway, but the boys were excited to see me wearing their traditional dress.

my turn to show off
  But never mind, 3 gentlemen saved the night! Cheers to them for wearing it..

When the beers were all consumed we knew the party is coming to end and I was not mistaken.  the crowd stared disappearing and the dance floor was left to only a couple of us.  When I started yawning, I told them to play the last song.  hahaha sound like the chief woman of the island! Anyway, they did.  After the last music - I ran after the boys.  I cant believe I still have the strenght to ensure the venue was tidied up.  The lightings ,speakers, DJ equipments, etc are all back to storage....Gush! am I working? tsk. tsk. tsk..but, over all, twas another fun night in this little island.

 

 

 

planisphere says:
ang saya saya!
Posted on: Jul 28, 2007
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me and Ali Didi (most senior guy i…
me and Ali Didi (most senior guy …
Ali Manik in traditional Maldivian…
Ali Manik in traditional Maldivia…
traditional Maldivian dance
traditional Maldivian dance
Sarong boys!
Sarong boys!
Mueen, Me, Musthafa & Arif - in a …
Mueen, Me, Musthafa & Arif - in a…
dancing with Nadeem
dancing with Nadeem
Budu Beru - traditional Maldivian …
Budu Beru - traditional Maldivian…
my turn to show off
my turn to show off
Maldivian traditional dance
Maldivian traditional dance
more dancing
more dancing
and more dancing
and more dancing
the boys in a dress!!! & me
the boys in a dress!!! & me
Haneef & Me
Haneef & Me
traditional dancing
traditional dancing
and more traditional dancing
and more traditional dancing
Absi dominating the dance floor
Absi dominating the dance floor
dramatic Absi on the dance floor
dramatic Absi on the dance floor
amir and hussain
amir and hussain
dancing
dancing
haneef dance show off
haneef dance show off
mueen is wearing a dress! hahaha
mueen is wearing a dress! hahaha
Sugi showing off on the dance floor
Sugi showing off on the dance floor
singing the national anthem
singing the national anthem
they all look the same! huh
they all look the same! huh
the flag in the midst of cocount t…
the flag in the midst of cocount …
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