President Mohamed Nasheed has extended Ramadan greetings as the Holy month begins in the Maldives.
In a statement, President Nasheed emphasised that Ramadan was an occasion for good deeds and helping the less fortunate.
Nasheed also sent Ramadan greetings to the leaders of other Islamic countries.
During the month of Ramadan the pace of life in Male’ slows and the capital’s vibrant cafe culture shifts to the evening, after sunset, while the population fasts during the day.
Government offices close at 1:30pm during Ramadan, rather than 4:00pm, and the Islamic Ministry holds special religious sermons every day. Foreigners are requested to respect the custom and refrain from eating or drinking in public before sunset.