In Seychelles, 18 June is Constitution Day, also sometimes referred to as National Day. The date was chosen because it was on this day in 1993 that a referendum passed which made Seychelles a truly democratic, multi-party democracy.
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Seychelles has had a long, strife-filled history. It was colonised by the French in the 1700’s, taken over by the British in the 1800’s, and often used as a prison colony during the whole colonial period.
In 1976, Seychelles gained a peaceful independence from Britain. But only one year later, in 1977, a coup successfully took over and made Seychelles a one-party state. Only in 1993 was democracy finally restored.
On Constitution Day, there is a parade in Stad Linité, where the president and high government officials appear. There are also many other patriotic events held throughout this widely dispersed island nation, bringing an air of national unity.