Celebrations are underway across the Maldives as the tropical island nation celebrates Independence Day.
Locals and tourists alike will find plenty of spectacles and entertainment taking place throughout the rest of the day and also tomorrow (July 26 and 27).
Today began with the hoisting of the red and green national flag in front of crowds in Republic Square in Male' before President Nasheed addressed the nation. It was followed by a watersports display in the adjacent marina, before the President proceeded to the new National Museum to officially inaugurate it. The new museum is host to fascinating artefacts from the Maldives' cultural heritage, as well as a collection of its natural wonders including a whale skeleton.
Further highlights of today will include a music show at Alimas Carnival Stage, attended by Maldivian actor Moosa "Chilhiya' Maniku", at 8.30pm.
Tomorrow there will be various other events and military drills around the capital and surrounding islands, including another music show at Alimas Carnival Stage at 8.30pm.
Heads of state from around the world have sent their congratulations to the Maldives on the occasion of the nation's 45th Independence Day celebrations.
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