Words by Daniel Bosley; Pictures by Aishath Naj
The month of ramadan has arrived, bringing reduced working hours, increased mosque attendances, mild to severe caffeine withdrawal, and an end to weeks of feverish preparations.
Across the islands, the approach of roadha mas puts the community on high alert, triggering furious bouts of sand-collecting, spice-cooking, watermelon-growing, kitchenware-shopping and rihaakuru-boiling.
Pots of curry paste will help break many a fast – a combination of coconut, onions, and assorted leaves & spices cooked over hours in the days before the holy month began. Watermelon juice completes the sunset sit-down, lovingly reared on every spare patch of land in readiness for these moments.
With the cupboards stocked and the house sparkling, all that’s left to do is join the rest of the island at the beach for a final good picnic for maahefun.