National Day in Malaysia in 2020

National Day in Malaysia in 2020
  How long until National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 267 days.
  Dates of National Day in Malaysia
2021 Malaysia Tue, Aug 31 National Holiday
2020 Malaysia Mon, Aug 31 National Holiday
2019 Malaysia Sat, Aug 31 National Holiday
2018 Malaysia Fri, Aug 31 National Holiday
2017 Malaysia Thu, Aug 31 National Holiday
  Summary
31st August marks Malaysia's Independence Day. Also known as Merdeka Day
  Local name
Hari Kebangsaan

When is Malaysian Independence Day?

Malaysia's Independence Day is celebrated on 31 August. Also known as Merdeka Day (Freedom Day), this is Malaysia's National Day.

History of Malaysian Independence Day

The day commemorates the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 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 Malaysian Independence 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

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Three facts about National Day

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were the world's tallest buildings between 1998 and 2004. They are still the world’s tallest 'twin' buildings. The two buildings are joined by sky bridges, 558 feet (170 m) off the ground.

The number four is seen as unlucky in Malaysia, as the word for four sounds similar to the word for death in Chinese. As a result, some buildings in Malaysia do not have a fourth floor. They are replaced by floor "3A".

The word Ketchup is thought to be derived from the Malay word 'kicap' (also spelled as kecap or ketjap). Originally this was a fish sauce brought from China to Melaka, Malaysia, where it was used by European traders.

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