President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has participated in the flag hoisting ceremony held at the Republic Square to mark the National Day.
The ceremony was held at 6 am this Tuesday and was attended by Vice President Faisal Naseem, Cabinet ministers, and other senior state and government officials.
A special prayer was recited at the flag hoisting ceremony by the imam of Islamic Center, Sheikh Nasrulla Ali.
National Day is celebrated on the first day of Rabi al-Awwal to commemorate the victory of Sultan al-Ghaazee Mohamed Thakurufaanu al-A'uẓam in ending the 15 year-long Portuguese occupation of the Maldives in 1573.
The official reception to mark National Day was held at the Dharubaaruge on Monday night. Two were presented with the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin, five were presented with the National Award of Honor, and 21 were presented with the National Award of Recognition at this year’s reception.