Kadhaa Maali Folk Dance in Maldives
While playing music, about 30 men dressed in different costumes dance to the tunes of music. Their garments exhibit various ghostly figures and evil spirits. It is these ghosts or the evil spirits that are addressed as “Maali”. When there is any kind of terrible sickness spreading in the island, people do a late night walk to ward off the evil spirits. The walk continues for three nights and it is on the third night that this dance is performed. This dance show also takes place to celebrate the festivities. Kadhaa Maali Folk Dance in Maldives. After the eid prayer, people made-up with their costumes and got ready for “Maali Hin’gun” (cultural parade). This parade was organized as a competition. Three groups participated in this competition.