Malaysia Independence Day, also known as National Day or ‘Hari Merdeka’ in Malay is observed on August 31 and commemorates the Malayan Declaration of Independence of August 31, 1957. It’s a significant day of celebration here in Kuala Lumpur, and usually, the celebrations start from the beginning of August with various programs and national competitions. Here are 10 cool celebrations and promotions to check out with the whole family throughout the month of August, also known as the National Month.
Watch the National Day 2022 celebrations scheduled on the morning of August 31 at Dataran Merdeka this year! Preparations are in full swing and it is highly recommended that you take public transport such as the LRT and MRT. Parking will be made available at the public parking area near Masjid India, in front of the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin area and the multi-level parking near (federal police headquarters in) Bukit Aman.
National Day 2022 Parade, Dataran Merdeka, Jln Raja, City Center, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Besides the annual Merdeka parade, which will be an exciting one this year after a two-year hiatus, there are a variety of contests Malaysians can participate in. For the budding photographers, Klik@Merdeka is a photography contest open from now till September 16, 2022, to all Malaysians aged 15 years old and above. To those on Smule, follow the “Bintang Patriotik” account on Smule and post a video of you singing one patriotic song and another song of your choice and stand a chance to win cash prizes up to RM700! Last but not the least, participate in “Ilham Merdeka TikTok Challenge” by posting videos that reflects your love for the country. Challenge runs till September 16, 2022!
Celebrate Merdeka by flying the Jalur Gemilang at home! Here's your chance to show solidarity and a sense of unity as Malaysia celebrates its National Day in lockdown. Firstly, where can you get hold of the Malaysian flag? Hop online and find them on Mr D.I.Y., Lazada or Shopee, and they'll deliver it right to your doorstep. Just remember to hang them upright in the correct manner, and you're good to go! Or even better, get the kids to make their own Malaysia flag, as there's nothing better than a homemade version! Check out this easy guide here.
Mr D.I.Y., www.mrdiy.com
Get in the Merdeka spirit and support local vendors at KL’s well known artisan bazaars, Seek ‘N Keep Artisan Market at Bangsar Shopping Center and the classic Central Market Bazaar. Scout for vintage treasures, tuck into delicious food and beverages and kids can participate in art workshops while parents can unwind to the tunes of local bands.
Since movie theaters are still off-limits, organize a Malaysian movie night at home! Get the popcorn and soda ready, and tune into Netflix for some Malaysian-made movies to get in the spirit of Merdeka. Catch notable local productions like the epic fantasy film Puteri Gunung Ledang, family drama The Kid From The Big Apple, political drama Rise: Ini Kalilah, or sweet love story Mukhsin.
Celebrate this meaningful occasion with a sumptuous buffet at KL’s well-known hotels! Indulge in an enticing buffet spread offering a mix of local and western dishes at Melting Pot Cafe at Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur. One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya is back with their Hi Tea buffet throughout the month and if you are around Mid Valley City, check out Cititel Mid Valley’s Merdeka Day Hi Tea buffet.
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