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National day celebrations in Maldives consist of parades and root marches. Read about the Maldives National Day.

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Maldives National Day

Time of festival: On the 1st of Rabee ul Awwal, the third month of the Muslim Calendar
Significance: Observes the victory of Mohammed Thakurufaanu over the Portuguese, who had colonized Maldives
Highlights: Parades and root marches

Maldives National DayMaldives national day is an important day, as it is observed to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu over the Portuguese in the year 1573. According to the Islamic calendar, the National Day of Maldives falls on the 1st of Rabee ul Awwal, the third month. Read to know about the story of freedom of Maldives from the colonial rule of Portuguese.

In the year 1558, Portuguese attacked Maldives and killed the then Sultan of this country and established their own rule. It was later in 1573; Muhammad Thakurufaanu arrived here along with his companions and succeeded in ending the fifteen-year colonial rule. Today, as a part of National Day celebrations in Maldives, parades and root marches take place on the streets of Male, its capital city and other islands.