Monthly Archives: November 2015

Raaveriya – The toddy tapper

Look at the picture on the right side. The man climbing up the coconut tree is a Bangladeshi. He is collecting sap, acting as a raaveriya. This is a picture taken in November, 2015. Toddy tapping is a symbol of Maldivian custom and tradition. In ancient days it was the backbone of livelihood. It contributed immensely to a… Read More »

The ‘miracle’ of flying fish gliding towards Fuvahmulah

During the southwest monsoon season (locally known as Hulhango), flying fish (locally known as Hulhammaha), prevail in the northwestern shore of Fuvahmulah. The humble fishes are surrounded by predators – tuna, sharks, travally, manthas and other predators. And up in the air the aggressive frigate birds, locally known as Huraa, hover in the air, waiting for the launching… Read More »

Catching frigate birds

The monsoon season- for Fuvahmulah- attracts thousands of Frigate birds or locally knows as huraa. These birds have long wings, a streamlined shape and low weight give it great maneuverability in the air. Flocks of huraa would hover the tall coconut trees on the beach. The predators silently glide in the air stay for their prey. When… Read More »

Kenalviun- weaving mats

Wet lands, taro fields and marshy lands are unique features of Fuvahmulah. And hau, plant used to weave mats, are found in abundance. So a tradition of weaving kenal, mats was an integral part of the island’s craftsmanship. How it is made First the leaf (reeds), or hau, is collected and left to dry in the sun.… Read More »