National Day 2020 - flag hosting ceremony

4,029 - 2020-10-18

The annual flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of this year’s National Day was held at the Republic Square, early Sunday morning, with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and senior government officials in attendance. National Day is celebrated on the first day of Rabi' al-awwal every year. The day is marked to commemorate the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam against the Portuguese invaders, ending a 15 year-long occupation of the Maldives in 1573.

The flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Republic Square early morning.

Vice President Faisal Naseem arrives at the Republic Square for the flag hoisting ceremony. Photo: President’s Office

Speaker and former President, Mohamed Nasheed arrives at the Republic Square. Photo: President’s Office

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives for the ceremony, is greeted by Defence Minister Mariya Didi and Home Minister Imran Abdulla. Photo: President’s Office

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Photo: President’s Office

Senior government officials participate in the flag hoisting ceremony. Photo: President’s Office

During his national address to mark National Day, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that his administration “considers two key aspects while fostering ties with foreign nations: ensuring the Maldives' continued independence and sovereignty; and citizens’ welfare”. Photo: President’s Office

National Day is celebrated on the first day of Rabi' al-awwal every year. Photo: President’s Office

National Day is celebrated on the first day of Rabi' al-awwal every year. Photo: President’s Office

Senior government officials participate in the flag hoisting ceremony. Photo: President’s Office

Senior government officials participate in the flag hoisting ceremony. Photo: President’s Office

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during his address, also encouraged vigilance in the patriotic duty to protect the nation. Photo: President’s Office

National Day is celebrated on the first day of Rabi' al-awwal every year. Photo: President’s Office

National Day is marked to commemorate the victory of Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam against the Portuguese invaders, ending a 15 year-long occupation of the Maldives in 1573. Photo: President’s Office