National Day in Malaysia in 2019

National Day in Malaysia in 2019
  How long until National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 47 days.
  Dates of National Day in Malaysia
2021Malaysia Tue, Aug 31National Holiday
2020Malaysia Mon, Aug 31National Holiday
2019Malaysia Sat, Aug 31National Holiday
2018Malaysia Fri, Aug 31National Holiday
2017Malaysia Thu, Aug 31National Holiday
  Summary
31st August marks Malaysia's Independence Day. Also known as Merdeka Day

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

Did you know?

Three facts about National Day

The Sultanate of Kedah on the Malay Peninsula is one of the oldest in the world. It was established in 1136AD.

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.

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.

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