Maldives had been ruled by a monarchy for about a century and on January 1 1953, became a republic. However, this elected government was transitory as the monarchy was reinstated within the same year. However, on November 11, 1968, a republic was formed once again and thereafter; the Republic Day is celebrated on November 11, each year.
On the Republic Day of Maldives special events are held. Two types of parades and marches are held, one of marching bands and one with smartly dressed children parading the streets with neighbors and pedestrians as spectators.