The India – Maldives Friendship Festival kicked off on July 25 with a cricket tournament between SAARC countries.
The three-week long festival – organised by the India Club Maldives in association with the High Commission of India in Malé and the Friendship Association of India-Maldives – runs from the Independence Day of the Maldives, July 26, to the Independence Day of India, August 15.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh competed in the first match on July 25. The final match is scheduled for August 1 at Malé Ekuveni Stadium.
The festival also includes a friendship walk on August 8 and a cultural evening and magic show at the Olympus Theatre on August 12.
“It is hoped that the festival would help further strengthen people to people interaction between both the friendly countries,” the India Club Maldives said.