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2025 Malaysia Sun, Aug 31 National Holiday
2024 Malaysia Sat, Aug 31 National Holiday
2023 Malaysia Thu, Aug 31 National Holiday
2022 Malaysia Wed, Aug 31 National Holiday
2021 Malaysia Tue, Aug 31 National Holiday

31st August marks Malaysia's Independence Day. Also known as Merdeka Day

When is Malaysian Independence Day?

Malaysia's Independence Day is celebrated on August 31st. 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. On August 31st 1957, over 20,000 people gathered at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur as government officials shouted “Merdeka!” seven times in a declaration of freedom. 

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. At the end of the parade, the crowds shout “Merdeka!” to honour the original declaration of independence. 

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, taking place from Kula Lumpur and across the Malaysian peninsula and throughout its 878 islands.

Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia! Happy Independence Day, Malaysia!

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Three facts about National Day

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.

The world's biggest roundabout is located at Putrajaya in Malaysia. It is 2.2 miles (3.5 km) in diameter.

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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