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Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence

The Maldives recently celebrated 50 years of being an Independent nation. The tiny country made of coral islands that are scattered across the Indian Ocean, gained their Independence from the British on the 26th of July, 1965. Over the course of a week, several activities and events were held to commemorate the special day, colourfully.

Events of the Golden Jubilee celebration kicked off with the re-opening of the renovated Republic Square (Jumhooree Maidan) on the 24th of July, 2015. A grand ceremony was held, attended by the Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim and other high-class figures of the Maldivian Government. The revamped Republic Square known as Jumhooree Maidan had some changes with the biggest being the newly built, musical water fountain. The 28 meter wide & tall water fountain is a ‘Monument of Unity’ of the Maldivian people, and sends out various important messages.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Water Fountain

On the night of 25th, an Independence Day Music show was held, coinciding with the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign. By the request of Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, an Indian pop band called ‘SANAM’ visited the Sunny Side of Life to perform for the local Maldivians. In addition to that, the Vice President invited the famous Bollywood Actress Bipasha Basu, who visited the tropical paradise along with Indian actor: Karan Singh Grover. The pair made a special guest appearance at the show, whilst the four-piece band SANAM played afterwards, singing in Hindi, English and even Dhivehi. Several other local musicians of Maldives performed at the grand Music Festival as hundreds of people gathered to the area. The new series of banknotes that commemorates that Independence of Maldives was unveiled during the Festival as well.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Sanam Puri performing at VMY Music Festival

During midnight of 26th July 2015, the Maldives Independence Day started off with the hoisting of the Maldives National Flag. The Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and many important figures of the nation attended the flag raising ceremony. After the flag was hoisted, the MNDF did a 21-Gun Salute, followed by playing of the National Anthem, an address to the nation by the President, and performance of the Independence Day theme song by local artists and MNDF. The night ended with the grandest fireworks seen in the Maldives so far.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Flag Hoisting ceremony

The 50th Independence Day of the Republic of Maldives consisted of a parade during the evening by school bands, cadets, and the Maldives National Defense Force. Followed by a grand function to commemorate the Golden Jubilee. The President of Maldives, First Lady, high-class figures, top officials and invitees attended the night’s assembly. President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena and senior officials from a number of countries joined the celebration as well. During the Ceremony, President Yameen addressed the nation and presented the Shield of Honor to the late President Ibrahim Nasir who brought Independence to the country, and Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The ceremony ended with an official banquet at Dharubaaruge, hosted by President Yameen and First Lady.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
The Official Independence day Function

On the 27th of July 2015, a LED Garden named ‘Hulhudhaan Bageechaa’ was officially opened by First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim, attended by the President, Vice President, government officials and local citizens. The LED Garden created by the Maldives Customs Services, at Sultan Park consists of trees, bushes, and flower plants with LED lightings, that lights up and glows during the night. President Yameen presented a commemorative plaque of appreciation to the Maldives Custom Service for their hard work, whilst the Home Minister Umar Naseer gave a brief speech.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Opening of LED Garden

During the night of Tuesday the 28th, an Independence day float parade organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs was held on the streets of Male’ City, with about 31 floats decorated in unique ways by government offices and companies. Kids and Adults gathered to the streets to view this parade, along with the President of Maldives.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Float representing the signing of Independence Agreement

The grand re-opening of the Presidential Jetty was held on the 30th of July 2015. The jetty that was named ‘Izzuddin Faalan’ was renovated and re-opened during a ceremony attended by the President, government officials and top officials. Izzuddin Faalan was re-opened by Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed. The ceremony included musical performances, followed by a firework show to end the night.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Izzuddin Faalan

The main event of the entire celebration was held on the night of 31st of July. The Independence Day show was held at the National Football Stadium where school children, government employees, volunteers and the MNDF performed different musical items and dance drills of cultural displays, portraying stories of the Maldives history and obtaining of Independence. Special invitees attended the function to view the event, which was colourfully represented with a display of lights to bring a unique twist to each performance. Afterwards, a fireworks show in different areas of Male’ City brought an end to the wonderful function.

Maldives celebrates 50 years of Independence
Independence day show: MNDF Drill

The Maldives gained Independence in 1965 after being a British Protectorate for 78 years. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, the entire capital city and islands were lit up with colourful LED lights, in decorative ways. A number of tourists visiting the tropical archipelago during this period witnessed and participated in the events of Independence Day as well.

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