Maldives Independence Day Date: July 26-27
Independence Day is a public holiday in Maldives.
Maldives is one of the secluded, smallest and poorest islands of Asia. It is present on one of the major and famous marine course of Indian Ocean. Many foreign rulers have ruled on the island like British, Portuguese, Sultans and Dutch. Finally the foreign rule over the island finished on July 26, 1965, that is on this day the island celebrates its Independence Day. This day was the end of the British rule on the island.
Maldives Independence Day History
The island came under the Protectorate of British in 1887. The island and the British agreed on an agreement in which the British agreed that they will not interfere in the internal matter of the island but where the foreign exchange was considered then British are to be involved. In return to this the British assured the island for its protection and security from the colonial invasion. And finally on July 26 Maldives got its Independence.
The history of the island is long. The island has been invaded by lot superpowers and pirates. For 15 long years, the island was under the capture of Portuguese. During these years the island suffered a lot. They were under guerrilla tactics and had poor logistic support. Then the island was invaded by British and ruled for long time. After the World War II many countries got its freedom from British rule but Maldives became its Protectorate. So this way the island was now safe from invasion and had time for growth. And finally in the year 1965 it got its independence.
Maldives Independence Day Traditions and Activities
July 26 is the most important date for Maldives. It is celebrated in a grand way. The Republic Square hosts the celebration and it is marked as one of the national holiday of the Maldives. The day is followed with processions and performances which is a mixture of both traditional values and modern theme. And it ends up with entertaining and fun loving night out. Presidents and all the foreign dignitaries attend this grand event. On this date the event kicks off with march past which is organized by the national Cadet Corps and the National Security Service, which is followed by the modern drills, traditional dance and drills performed by the children and youth of different schools and colleges . The dancers and the children roam about in colorful attires. Celebration is part of all and thus it is celebrated both at national and community level. Every individual celebrates this national holiday.