Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka In KL

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Celebrations and Parade for Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur

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 some cool celebrations and promotions to check out with the whole family throughout the month of August, also known as the National Month.

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    *Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka 2023

    The Merdeka Parade, marking Malaysia's Independence Day, will be hosted in Putrajaya on August 31st this year. The parade theme, "Malaysia Madani: Determined Unity, Filled with Hope," reflects the country's policy framework. The event features 10 components representing various aspects of the nation, with around 17,000 participants, local entertainers, dancers, and drummers taking part. Thrills include a skydiving show and vintage car convoy. Attendees can enjoy a seamless journey to the venue through extended public transport hours and shuttle services. Putrajaya's eight parade zones offer diverse vantage points, with 22 roads closed for the parade. Arrive early to secure your spot and witness this vibrant celebration of unity and heritage.

    National Day 2023 Parade, Dataran Putrajaya, Malaysia

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    MERDEKA COMPETITIONS: Photography, Singing And TikTok Competitions

    *Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka 2023

    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 painters,  check out Organic Fields' Colouring Contest. To those who are feeling lucky, participate in Alliance Bank's Pick A Number and Guess contest. Challenge runs till August 31, 2023!Tell 2 things you love about Malaysia and you can win up to  RM500 e-wallet credits through Creative Lab's Merdeka Mega Deal Competition.

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    *Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka 2023

    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.


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    *Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka 2023

    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.

    Bangsar Shopping Center and Central Market

  • MALAYSIAN MOVIE NIGHT: Movie Streaming Platforms

    *Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka 2023

    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. To those heading to the cinemas, check out Malbatt: Misi Bakara - a must-watch this Merdeka! Check out our list of Family-Friendly Cinams in KL for a perfect movie time with the kids.

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    MERDEKA DAY DINING DEALS: Hotels & Restaurants In Kuala Lumpur

    *Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Merdeka 2023

    As Malaysia gears up to commemorate its 65th Merdeka (Independence) Day, what better way to revel in the nation's diversity than through its delectable cuisine? Kuala Lumpur, a melting pot of flavors, offers a plethora of buffets to make your celebration extra special. We've done the homework and compiled a list of Best Merdeka Buffet and Dining Deals In KL.

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