When is Merdeka Day?
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|This holiday next takes place in 260 Days.|
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|31st August marks Malaysias independence day. Also known as Merdeka Day|
Merdeka Day is celebrated as a public holiday in Malaysia on 31 August.
Merdeka Day commemorates the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957.
Also known as Independence Day, National Day or Freedom Day, Merdaka Day is Malaysia's National Day. A common misconception is that the day celebrates the independence of the country of Malaysia. However as Malaysia was formed by several states joining together, Malaysia as a nation, never gained independence from any other country.
History of Merdeka Day
Following the end of the Second World War, the Federation of Malaya was established on 1 February 1948. The Federation was still under British colonial rule. The member states were: Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Trengganu.
The Federation gained independence within the Commonwealth of Nations on 31 August 1957.
Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colony of Singapore and the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, joined the Federation of Malaya. This event is marked by Malaysia Day. Singapore left the federation in August 1965.
How is Merdeka Day celebrated?
Malaysia's independence day is celebrated with much pomp and pageantry, signifying the unity of Malaysians of all races and creeds.
Towns and cities throughout the country are decorated with flags and shimmering lights.
The celebration centres on Merdeka Square in the morning, the starting point of a spectacular parade. His Majesty, the King, and government leaders sit among the thousands of spectators.
In a spirit of patriotism, office buildings, homes and even vehicles proudly display the Malaysian flag.
Other activities held during this period include stage shows, competitions and exhibitions
Did you know?
The currency of Malaysia is called the Ringgit, which means "jagged" in Malay, which originally refers to the jagged edges of Spanish silver dollars that were once commonly used in the region.
The word Ketchup is thought to be derived from the Malay word 'kicap' (also spelled kecap, ketjap). Originally this was a fish sauce brought from China to Melaka, Malaysia, where it was used by European traders.
Why not celebrate Hari Merdeka with the national dish of Malaysia, Nasi lemak? This is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk. It is often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
Malaysia has a total of 878 islands.
The states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo have more autonomy that other parts of Malaysia and even have their own immigration laws. This means that a passport is required for all Malaysians when travelling between East and Peninsular Malaysia.