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|This holiday next takes place in 98 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|The Maldives gained independence from the British on 26 July 1965, following 77 years as a British protectorate|
Independence Day in the Maldives is a public holiday on 26 July.
This holiday celebrates the day in 1965 when the Maldives gained independence from Britain
On 16 December 1887, the Maldives became a protectorate of the British Empire. The Sultan of the Maldives agreed to give up the islands' sovereignty in matters of foreign policy. In return, the British would provide military protection and not interfere in the internal affairs of the islands, though they still needed to be consulted on key changes such as the appointment of a new Sultan.
Did you know?
The Maldives is the lowest country in the world. Its ground level on average is 1.5 meters (4 feet 11 inches) above sea level, and its highest point on the islands is 2.3 meters (7 feet 7 inches) above sea level.
On 26 July 1965, an agreement was signed by the Maldives' Prime Minister and the British Ambassador which ended the British responsibility for the defence and external affairs of the Maldives.
Did you know?
The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia and also the smallest Muslim country in the world.
The main highlights of Independence Day are parades by the National Security Services and the National Cadet Corps. These parades are usually followed by performances by school children dressed in colourful costumes.