Malaysia Independence day, also known as Merdeka, celebrates the country’s freedom from British rule. Malaysians celebrate the holiday on August 31 throughout the whole nation.
More than 20,000 people witnessed the first Malaysia Prime Minister yell “Merdeka!” seven times to declare their freedom. This event happened on August 31, 1957, at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. That moment was one of the greatest in Malaysia’s history and will be remembered by the people forever.
On the morning of Malaysia Independence Day, a parade takes place at Merdeka Square. His Majesty, the King and government officials, watch the spectacle along with thousands of Malaysians. Another event during Merdeka is the Musang King Durian Feast for all the durian lovers of Malaysia. Throughout the holiday, houses, offices, and buildings display Malaysian flags to honor their country with pride.
Fun Facts About Malaysia
- Malaysia is home to the world’s largest flower called the rafflesia.
- Malaysia’s Taman Negara (National Park) is one of the oldest rainforests since it is 130 million years old.
- According to surveys, Malaysians have an average of 223 friends on Facebook.
For more fun facts about Malaysia, check out this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_kGV7Q5Sc&t=121s