Maldives Independence Day 2007 & Sarong Party
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.