AsiaRooms.com - Enjoy Merdeka Day during a visit to Malaysia
July 30, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsPeople spending time in Malaysia at the end of next month may have a chance to observe the nation's Merdeka Day celebrations.
The event, also known as Hari Merdeka and Independence Day, is held every year on August 31st to commemorate the end of British colonial rule and the birth of modern Malaysia.
Independence was officially achieved on August 31st 1957, when power was formally handed over to the Federation of Malaya and the new national flag was raised in Kuala Lumpur.
Merdeka Day is a public holiday and remains a hugely important event 54 years later, with special parades and spectacular displays of fireworks taking place in cities across the country.
Marches traditionally take place in every Malaysian state, from Pahang to Perlis, in sync with the celebrations in the capital.
People also mark the occasion with cultural performances, while many public buildings are decked out with the national flag, also known as the Jalur Gemilang.
In recent years, the independence celebrations have got underway several weeks before August 31st and extended into mid-September.
Holidaymakers planning a stay in Malaysia hotels during August will find a wide range of accommodation at AsiaRooms.com, which recommends the First World Hotel.
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