Republic Day in Maldives
Celebrated as a public holiday in the Maldives on November 11th, Republic Day is a holiday that commemorates the country’s change of government from a monarchy to a republic on this day in 1968. Although this holiday isn’t as important in the Maldives as Independence Day, it’s still a public holiday that’s widely observed.
It’s 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 on the day, and this allows people to take part 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 would become a British Protectorate. The Sultan agreed to surrender the sovereignty of the islands in matters of foreign policy in exchange for military protection and an agreement not to interfere in the internal events of the islands.
On January 1st, 1953, the Maldives would become a republic briefly 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 wouldn’t 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 would then officially become a republic.
Observing Republic Day In The Maldives
This is a day that has almost as many celebrations as Independence Day does in the Maldives. There are political speeches by local and national politicians, there are parades, and there are festivals held all over the country.