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Malaysia Day

Get ready to celebrate the diversity and unity of Malaysia on Malaysia Day! Join in on cultural events, delicious food, and patriotic festivities.
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Get ready to celebrate the unity and diversity of Malaysia on September 16, also known as Malaysia Day! This holiday commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963 when three territories – Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore – joined together with Malaya to form one nation. It's a day for Malaysians to come together and celebrate their unique cultures, traditions, and customs. From delicious food to colorful parades and performances, there's no shortage of festivities on this joyous day. So let's join in on the celebrations and embrace the beauty of Malaysia!

History of Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day Dates

Malaysia Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1963</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The Birth of Malaysia</div><div class='timeline-text'>On September 16, 1963, the establishment of the Malaysian federation took place as Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore joined with Malaya to form one united nation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Singapore's Departure</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to political and racial tensions, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965, two years after the formation of the federation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition as Public Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 2010, the government declared Malaysia Day as a public holiday, further solidifying its importance in national consciousness.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>50th Anniversary Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>The country celebrated its 50th anniversary of the formation with grandeur and pomp in 2013.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysians took to online platforms to celebrate Malaysia Day in a grand yet safe manner in 2020.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Malaysia Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a cultural festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Attend a local cultural festival to celebrate the diverse traditions, food, and music of Malaysia. It's a great way to learn more about the country and its people.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook Malaysian dishes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and family and have a Malaysian cooking party! Try making traditional dishes like nasi lemak or rendang and enjoy a delicious feast together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Malaysian movie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate Malaysia Day by watching a local film or documentary that showcases the beauty and diversity of the country. It's a great way to support the Malaysian film industry and learn more about its culture.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a heritage walk</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Explore the historical sites and landmarks of Malaysia by going on a heritage walk. You'll get to learn about the country's rich history and appreciate its cultural roots.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a flag-raising ceremony</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Join in on the national pride by attending a flag-raising ceremony on Malaysia Day. It's a meaningful way to commemorate the formation of the country and show your love for Malaysia.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Malaysia Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates diversity and unity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Malaysia Day commemorates the joining of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore (which later left) into one country in 1963. This day is a celebration of the country's multicultural society, with people from various ethnicities, religions, and cultures living in harmony.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes patriotism and national pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On Malaysia Day, people proudly display their Malaysian flags and wear traditional attire to show their love for their country. This day serves as a reminder to appreciate the unique history and culture of Malaysia, fostering a sense of belonging and loyalty among its citizens.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a time to celebrate achievements and progress</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Malaysia Day is also an opportunity to reflect on the country's growth and development since its inception. From economic advancements to cultural achievements, this day highlights how far Malaysia has come and the potential for an even brighter future.</p></div></div>

5 Incredible Facts for Malaysia Day Celebrations

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Malaysia is Multilingual</h3><p class='facts-content'>Due to its multicultural society, Malaysia recognizes several languages formally. Malay is the national language, while English is an active second language. Other languages such as Chinese, Tamil, Telugu, and Panjabi are also spoken widely.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Malaysia's Large Biodiversity</h3><p class='facts-content'>Malaysia is one of 17 countries recognized as extremely biodiverse by Conservation International. The county hosts about 20% of the world's animal species, making it a hotspot for biodiversity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Malaysian Cuisine is a Culinary Hub</h3><p class='facts-content'>The gastronomy in Malaysia is a reflection of the multicultural society. It has influences from China, India, Thailand, and Indonesia. Distinct fusion cuisines like Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan have also emerged from the unique community mix.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Tallest Twin Towers are in Malaysia</h3><p class='facts-content'>The iconic Petronas Twin Towers located in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, hold the international recognition for being the tallest twin skyscrapers. They are a symbol of the country's impressive modern architectural achievement.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Malaysia was Part of the Ancient Spice Route</h3><p class='facts-content'>In ancient times, Malaysia was an essential part of the international spice trade route stretching from the West to the East. Its strategic location between China and India made it a flourishing maritime trading post.</p></div></div>

Malaysia Day FAQs

When is Malaysia Day?

Malaysia Day is celebrated on September 16 every year. In 2024, Malaysia Day will fall on a Monday.

Malaysia Day Dates



Sep 16



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