Victory Day in Maldives
Celebrated annually in the Republic of the Maldives, Victory Day is a holiday that’s observed on the 3rd of November. It’s a day that commemorates the defeat of an attempted coup on this date in 1988. In the Maldives, this day is celebrated as a public holiday, so most people have the day off.
It’s also a day when many businesses, schools, and government agencies are closed for the day as well. One of the main ceremonies of this holiday is the special flag-raising ceremony that takes place near the Victory monument in the capital city, but there are also parades and other special events as well.
The History Of Victory Day In The Maldives
Abdul Gayoom became president of the Maldives in 1978, right after the former president, Ibrahim Nasir, fled the country for Singapore. Nasir’s supporters tried to oust Gayoom, however, and in November of 1988, they came close to succeeding. Abdullah Luthufie and 80 Tamil mercenaries seized the airport, media stations, and government buildings.
The mercenaries were unable to capture Gayoom, however, and he managed to not only escape but also appeal to the world for help. On November 3rd, 1988, India initiated Operation Cactus and the Indian Air Forces lifted troops to the Maldives. The paratroopers seized the airfield and Gayoom once again resumed his duties as president and leader of the government. Not long after, the 3rd of November was made a public holiday to commemorate the event.
Observing Victory Day In The Maldives
In Male and Hulhumale, as well as other cities, there are flag-raising events and parades. People also spend time with their loved ones and enjoy traditional Maldives cuisines such as Banana Flower Salad, Fish Soup, Sago Pudding, and Chapati Bread.
It’s also a day on which the president of the country and other politicians address the general public with speeches highlighting the importance of the day.