Republic Day in Maldives in 2020

Republic Day in Maldives in 2020

  How long until Republic Day?
This holiday next takes place in 45 days.
  Dates of Republic Day in Maldives
2022 Maldives Fri, Nov 11 National Holiday
2021 Maldives Thu, Nov 11 National Holiday
2020 Maldives Wed, Nov 11 National Holiday
2019 Nov 10, Nov 11
MaldivesMon, Nov 11National Holiday
MaldivesSun, Nov 10National Holiday (additional day)
2018 Maldives Sun, Nov 11 National Holiday
Celebrates the Maldives changing from a monarchy to a republic in 1968

When is Republic Day in the Maldives?

Republic Day is a public holiday in the Maldives on November 11th.

This holiday celebrates the Maldives changing from a monarchy to a republic on this day in 1968.

History of Republic 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.

Following the death of Sultan Majeed Didi and his son Prince Hassan Fareed Didi, the Maldives briefly became a republic on January 1st 1953, when the selected sultanate refused to take the crown and a referendum was held, and the first republic proclaimed, ending 812 years of the sultanate. The monarchy was restored in March 1954.

Independence came to the Maldives in July 1965 when 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.

In November 1967, the Maldives parliament voted in favour of changing from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. A referendum took place on March 15th 1968, when over 80% of the voters chose to establish a republic. The second republic of the Maldives was proclaimed on November 11th 1968.

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