The pace of life in the normally bustling Maldivian capital has slowed as the country celebrates Eid-ul-Adha.
While many local residents travel abroad during the week-long holiday, this year many government and civil service workers have also travelled south to Addu to work on the SAARC Summit.
In his weekly radio address, President Mohamed Nasheed extended Eid greetings to the people of the Maldives, and all the Maldivian pilgrims in Mecca.
¨Eid-ul-Adha is an occasion to spread compassion and happiness. It is a day to help and care for people in need,” President Nasheed said.
The President also sent Eid greetings to the leaders of Islamic countries and to the Heads of Islamic Organisations.