Christmas tree in Maafushi seized by police

Police taking away a Christmas tree in Maafushi | Photo: Twitter

K. Atoll, Maldives – A christmas tree outside a guesthouse in K. Maafushi has been seized by police under a court order.

Police have revealed that they received a complaint last night around 20:30 about a Christmas tree outside Kaani Beach Hotel . They noted that this is a violation of The ‘Law on the Protection of the Religious Unity’ and discussions with the guesthouse to remove the tree were unsuccessful.

Police reveal that due to this, they have seized the tree under a court order and brought it to the local Police station.

Maafushi has the most number of guesthouses in Maldives, and although many tourists are currently coming to the Maldives to celebrate the new year and Christmas, it is illegal to celebrate non-Islamic holidays on inhabited islands. However, the occasions are freely celebrated on resort islands.

Tourism numbers have surged in the Maldives, with high numbers of daily arrivals contributing to reaching arrival milestones thought unachievable just a few weeks ago. Such as the 100,000 arrivals post border opening and the 500,000th tourist arriving yesterday.