In Malaysia, Independence Day is celebrated on 31 August every year and is called Merdeka Day.
It is a celebration to remember all the nation has been through, as well as to demonstrate the significance of freedom. By celebrating Independence Day the Malaysian people are acknowledging and owning the long and complicated history of their country.
Interesting enough, it is not just one day that is celebrated. The whole month of August is actually dedicated to celebrating Malaysia’s independence.
For travellers who want to gain a better understanding of Malaysia’s history, this is the right month to visit Malaysia.
Here are some activities to enjoy during August to learn more about the history of Malaysia.
Watching the Independence Day Parade
This coming 31 August 2018 marks the 61st anniversary of Malaysia’s national independence. Known locally as Hari Kemerdekaan, it is the time of the year when Malaysians show their appreciation for yet another year of harmony among the people, and are reminded of their country’s struggle for independence.
This national event helps to educate the public, especially the younger generation, about the importance of racial tolerance, unity and cooperation so that the country can continue to enjoy prosperity, development and harmony.
The annual celebrations will not be complete without the pomp and splendour of the traditional procession. On Independence Day itself, the national day parade will take place at Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya at 7 am in the presence of Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Malaysia. The VIPs gracing the occasion are the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Malaysian cabinet ministers, foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries. Although Putrajaya is the celebration’s epicenter, expect smaller Hari Kemerdekaan celebrations all over the country to include parades and fireworks.
The closing of Independence Month 2018 will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on 16 September, as it is the date that the federation of Malaysia was formed in 1963. Everyone can expect another lineup of fun patriotic activities that will pump up his/her patriotism.
Visit the Army Museum, Port Dickson
Visiting this Army Museum can be a surreal encounter that all Malaysians should experience at least once in our lifetime. It will evoke a sense of patriotism and pride in all of us. Why this museum you asked, well, this Army Museum does a good job to show us key moments of Malaysian history and also the heroism of our warriors.
Open daily from morning till evening, entry is free for all visitors.
Muzium Tentera Darat
Batu 4, Kem Si Rusa
71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Tel: 06 – 647 1266 samb. 2482
Visit Tugu Negara (National Monument)
One place with patriotic significance that Malaysians rarely visit is the Tugu Negara or National Monument. Deeply rooted in Malaysia’s history, the National Monument (Tugu Negara) stands tall and proud as a testament of the sacrifices that we as a nation have gone through. Visiting this place can bring back mixed feelings, memories of struggles, moments of triumphs and at the same time sadness as we remember all those who died for the country.
Daily opening hours are between 7am and 6pm.
Location: Jalan Tamingsabi
Address: Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur 50480 Malaysia
For more visit www.blog.tourism.gov.my/thing-month-merdeka
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