Malaysia is a land rich in culture, diversity and tradition, deeply rooted on unity. The history of the country is a relatively peaceful one where independence was gained by peaceful talks. Malaysians are truly blessed for living in a country that is peaceful, developing steadily and plenty of holidays.
Malaysia day is celebrated annually on the 16th of September. This is the day that all Malaysians commemorate the formation of the Malaysian federation. Malaysia day is different from Merdeka day which is celebrated on the 31st of August every year. This means that Malaysians have two celebrations of their independence; one to mark their independence from British rule and another one later in 1963 to mark the independence of the eastern states, Sarawak and Sabah and the establishment of Malaysia.
Things to See during Malaysia Day
Malaysia day is best celebrated in one of the eastern states. Sabah and Sarawak are great places to be this time of the year because the main celebration and ceremony is held here and will usually be graced by the Prime Minister of the country. The roads during this season will be lined with Malaysian flags and there will be a great festive excitement as Malaysians come together to commemorate the day that their country Malaysia was officially formed. Furthermore, the public holiday that was given recently to all Malaysians allows them to spend Malaysia day with their families.
Some of the good destinations to visit in Malaysia during this festive season would be the many historical sites in and around the country. The first of course would be Merdeka Square where it all began. This is the site where the Independence of Malaya was declared by Tunku Abdul Rahman majestically. You should also head down to the National Museum. Here is where the artifacts, details, memorandums and significant pictures are exhibited about the tale of this nation’s journey to independence. The museums in Sabah and Sarawak are also good to visit to gain a better insight and understanding of the country’s history. There are many documents and pictures that will help you to see the bigger picture of the formation of Malaysia.
Things to Do during Malaysia Day
Many activities will be lined up in most of the states for both locals and tourists alike to join in the festival. There are competitions as well that are open to all to join in and make things all the merrier. On the peninsula, the locals organize lantern-making contests and there are also bazaars set up in the cities that sell local products. Here is a great place to taste the local cuisine that come together from all the 13 states that make up the nation. Join the parade and see how amazing the festivity is here. The parade is usually very colorful and you can join in as the locals sing patriotic songs and wave the national flag.
Traveling during Malaysia Day
Traveling on Malaysia day will not be easy as like any other public holiday, the roads in the major cities will be more congested. However, this should not deter your adventure as you make your way around the city or anywhere you are at. Take the public transport system or rent a car to make your way around.
Where to Stay in Malaysia during Malaysia Day
Accommodation during this period will also be harder to find as it may be peak season for most of the hotels. If you are looking for hotels in the heart of the city, you will definitely be spoiled for choice. There are many luxurious hotels in the city as well as budget hotels that will be just right for what you need. Head out of the city and enjoy Malaysia day in either the state of Sabah or Sarawak. In Sabah, you can stay at various types of hotels. Escape from the city and go for a quiet retreat at hotels like the Sepilok Jungle Resort. Get up close to nature and explore the many historical sites, museums and encounter the many secrets of the jungle here. In Sarawak, you can stay in the city of Kuching where there are many hotels that will suit your needs and wants. The city of Kuching has many historical sites that you can explore and discover as you learn more about the history of this country on such an auspicious day.