Malaysian Public Holiday No. 9: MALAYSIA DAY – What’s it about?


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Malaysia Day is a holiday that is celebrated on September 16 each year oriented around the founding of the Malaysian Federation. In Malay, Malaysia Day is known as Hari Malaysia. Due to the overall themes of Malaysia Day, the holiday is often celebrated by many patriotic Malaysians.

To celebrate Malaysia’s sovereignty, Malaysia Day became an official public holiday in 2010. This holiday gives Malaysians a chance to learn about their nation’s history while enjoying festivities with their friends and family members.

Various celebrations take place across Kuala Lumpur and other areas of Malaysia during Malaysia Day.

§  Political Addresses

Each year, prominent politicians and public figures address the Malaysian people on Malaysia Day. Common topics include politics, social issues, and Malaysian Unity. These addresses are often televised.

§  Protests

Although many Malaysians use Malaysia Day as an opportunity to celebrate their patriotism, some people use the holiday to criticize the Malaysian government. There are many social and political issues that have developed due to Malaysia’s diverse background, so minority groups often participate in large protests.

§  Food Festivals

While diversity in Malaysia causes a bit of unrest, it also makes sure that people are able to enjoy extravagant food and music festivals. Since Malaysia consists of people from various Southeast Asian cultures, there is a wide range of food options for Malaysians to enjoy. These food festivals and other similar events allow Malaysian citizens to celebrate the diversity of Malaysia.

During Malaysia Day, Malaysian flags are commonly seen on various public and private buildings. Many people also wear red clothing to celebrate the holiday.

Malaysia Day is a holiday that allows Malaysians to celebrate the history and various cultures of their nation.

To all those who celebrate it – Happy Malaysia day!

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