Photo by Greg Rodgers
Malaysian Independence Day -- or Hari Merdeka -- is set to kick off in the next few days. While the actual day is on August 31st, Malaysians find plenty of time to celebrate beforehand with family, fireworks, and of course -- lots and lots of excellent food!
The celebration last year was slightly toned down due to Ramadan still being in progress, however, this year Hari Merdeka and Hari Raya (the end of Ramadan festivities) fall nearly on the same day -- I expect one heck of a celebration!
Malaysia is a relatively young country! They only just gained their independence from the British on August 31, 1957. Speaking with older Malaysians who watched the country being born is exciting; us Americans cannot really relate.
Expect August 31st to be filled with the usual flag waving, a parade, military presentation, and lots of cultural activities. Traffic usually peaks out as tourists come to see what is going on and many local residents enjoy a rare day with family rather than at work.
Learn more about the Malaysian Independence Day festivities -- Happy Hari Merdeka!