Republic Day in Maldives

Celebrated as a public holiday in the Maldives on November 11th, Republic Day commemorates the country’s transition from a monarchy to a republic on this day in 1968. Although this holiday is not as significant in the Maldives as Independence Day, it is still a public holiday that is widely observed.

It is a day off for the general population, and many banks, businesses, and schools are closed for the day. Post offices and government offices are also closed, allowing people to participate in patriotic celebrations or spend more time with their loved ones.

The History of Republic Day in the Maldives

During the late 19th century, the Maldives became a British Protectorate. The Sultan agreed to cede sovereignty over the islands in matters of foreign policy in exchange for military protection and an agreement not to interfere in the internal affairs of the islands.

On January 1st, 1953, the Maldives briefly became a republic following the death of Sultan Majeed Didi and his son Prince Hassan Fareed Didi. However, the monarchy was restored in March of 1954.

The Maldives would not officially become a republic until after it achieved independence. In November of 1967, the Parliament of the Maldives voted in favor of changing from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. In March of 1968, a referendum was held, and approximately 80% of voters in the country voted to establish a republic. On November 11th, 1968, the Maldives officially became a republic.

Observing Republic Day in the Maldives

This day features almost as many celebrations as Independence Day in the Maldives. There are political speeches by local and national politicians, parades, and festivals held throughout the country.

It is also a day when many people enjoy good food, including a coconut cake known as Huni Hakuru Folhi and fried dough with a fish filling called Masroshi.

Where is it celebrated?
Maldives (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 11 Monday
Next year (2025)
November 11 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
November 11 Saturday