Independence Day in Maldives in 2024

Independence Day in Maldives in 2024
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  Dates of Independence Day in Maldives
2025 Maldives Sat, Jul 26 National Holiday
2024 Maldives Fri, Jul 26 National Holiday
2023 Maldives Wed, Jul 26 National Holiday
2022 Jul 26, Jul 27, Jul 28
MaldivesThu, Jul 28National Holiday (additional day)
MaldivesWed, Jul 27National Holiday (additional day)
MaldivesTue, Jul 26National Holiday
2021 Maldives Mon, Jul 26 National Holiday

The Maldives gained independence from the British on July 26th 1965, following 77 years as a British protectorate

When is Independence Day in the Maldives?

Independence Day in the Maldives is a public holiday on July 26th.

This holiday celebrates the day in 1965 when the Maldives gained independence from Britain

History of Independence Day in the Maldives

On December 16th 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 July 26th 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.

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