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Happy Merdeka: 11 Fun Ways to Get Into Patriotic Spirit And Celebrate Merdeka with Friends

“Jalur gemilang, di bawah naunganmu
Jalur gemilang, kami semua bersatu
Perpaduan ketaatan
Amalan murni rakyat Malaysia
Jalur gemilang, megah kami terasa
Jalur gemilang, kibarkanlah wawasan
Merah putih biru kuning
Jalur semangat kami semua.”

This classic song has always been my favorite when Merdeka is around the corner. I love this song because it is simply meaningful with heartfelt lyrics. So, Malaysia’s 62th Independence Day is coming up real soon. If you haven’t already made plans on Merdeka day, here are some interesting ways you can celebrate and start Merdeka day right.

In case you don’t know, Malaysia’s National Day falls on every 31st August, which marks the day when Malaya gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1957. You can expect to see parades, fireworks, marathon runs, concerts, charity walk and more happening across the country during the week. So, we have rounded up 10 fun ways for you to celebrate this memorable day together with your friends!

1. Be proud to hang Malaysia Flags around the house

Hang some Malaysian flags around your house or pimp the entire vehicle to show that you are proud to be Anak Malaysia! It is cost-effective because you can reuse the same flag every year without the need to spend an extra penny. It is a simple yet effective way to express your love to our beloved country – Malaysia!

Pop Quiz Time:

Are you able to draw the Malaysian Flag without any reference? How many stars and stripes does it has and which stripe color comes first? The next stripe after the blue canton is what color and what is the number of stripes?

Answer:

Our national flag has 14 stripes which represents 14 states and federal territories. The royal yellow represent the country’s monarchy whilst the blue color represents unity of our people regardless of religion and race. Lastly, the next stripe after the blue canton is the 9th red stripe. Did you get it all right?

2. MERDEKA WALK 2.0

If you are an adventurous, outgoing person, you should take part at the Klang Heritage Merdeka Walk 2.0 starting from Kota Bridge to experience the cultural diversity of Klang while keeping the rivers clean. It is organized by the Kelab Warisan Sungai Klang which cover a total of 4km long walk. You will be able to see 10 different historical sites including Little India, Istana Alam Shah, Stesen KTM Klang, Jalan Tengku Kelana, Church of Our Lady, and the Klang Fire Station it the name of a clean river.

The registration fee is RM30 for adult and RM20 for children aged 18 years and below. All participants will receive a t-shirt, heritage passport, goodies bag, medal, Malaysian flag, a love lock, and a certificate. There is also a lucky draw prize worth up to RM15,000 to be given away!

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019

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Time: 7:30am to 11:30am

Distance: 4KM

Registration Fee: RM30 (Adult), RM20 (Children)

Where: Kota Bridge, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

Websitewww.facebook.com/events/2149707661745556 or https://howei.com/event_details/klangheritagemerdekawalk2

3. #ANAKANAKMALAYSIA Walk 2019

The annual #AnakAnakMalaysiaWalk brings together all Malaysians across the country for that takes place at Eco Ardence. Calling friends and families in the spirit of patriotism and unity to put on your walking shoes and join this significant event to celebrate and commemorate a meaningful day for the country.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: 4:30pm 

Distance: 5.5KM

Registration Fee: RM50 (Adult) / RM20 (Child) / RM120 (Family Package 2 Adults, 2 Children) / RM40 (Corporate)

Where: Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, Persiaran Setia Alam, Malaysia

Website: http://bit.ly/aamwalk2019

4. Enjoy a local movie marathon

If you do not want to get your body workout too much but still want to participate in this meaningful event, then go for a local movie marathon to have a little flashback to the past. Rediscover some of the good old movies made by local artist like Sepet, Sarjan Hassam, and 15 Malaysia. Flicks like Ola Bola is also a good movie that came out in 2016. These movies will guarantee to make you get your patriotism level high and right! To add more fun, get dressed in some traditional costume and reflect the period of the movie. How cool can that be! 

5. Indulge in your favorite local foods

Needless to say that we all love food, especially our local traditional food. Malaysians know that our food is one-of-a-kind and nothing in this world can ever beat our love for nasi lemak, cendol, durian, char kway teow, prawn mee, satay and many more.

6. Enjoy a Merdeka-Themed Afternoon Tea Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel

Our well-known Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur invites you to commemorate Malaysia’s National Day with their special Merdeka-themed Afternoon Tea set in the month of August 2019. Priced at RM190 nett for two pax, you are able to enjoy savouries such as “Tau Char Kwai” or the Chinese fried dough stuffed with Sweet and Sour Chicken and chicken floss, Beef Rendang Pies, special Roti Canai Roll with Tandoori Lamb, alongside with other delicacies like Rose Macaroon, local cookies, Mango Raisin, Mini Pineapple Trifles, and Pandan Coconut. Oh, did I miss out the KL Tower Chocolate Figure?

When: July 1 – August 31, 2019

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Time: 3pm to 6pm daily

Price: RM175 nett-RM320 nett

Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia,

Telephone: +603 2032 2388

Website: www.shangri-la-specials.com

7. Go “Do-It-Yourself”

If you want something even more meaningful, hand-made some Merdeka-themed handicrafts and desserts such as a Merdeka Cakes, Merdeka T-shirts and dress, Merdeka Hat, or even a Merdeka Tudung! Getting creative and be open to ideas is the best way to spend the day.

8. Visit Historic Sites

Have you ever been to any of the local museums and historic sites to learn all kinds of new things about our country? It is important to pay a visit to museums and historic sites because it allows us to reflect and value our forefathers that did a great job to get us to this point in time.

Bonus: All of these are either free to visit or only cost a small amount of fee!

If you are wondering which one should you go first, pay a visit to Raja Kita Exhibition at Istana Negara this year with the installation of Malaysia’s 16th Yang-Di-Pertuan-Agong. It is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the history and the role of the institution of the Yang-Di-Pertuan Agong.

When: August 6 – November 5, 2019

Time: 9am to 5pm

Where: Muzium Diraja, Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

9. Festival Merdeka Rakyat Port Dickson 2019

Get a taste of the local festivities at this beachside party in Port Dickson. It is just an hour drive from KL City Center. There will be a concert host by all local artists, fireworks, cultural performances, food trucks, sales expo, Beyblade Battle Tournament, PUUBG Mobile Tournament and more! Go and book a hotel in Port Dickson and make the most out of your Merdeka weekend.

When: August 28 – September 1, 2019

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Time: 10am to 6pm

Where: Pantai Cahaya Negeri Sembilan, Batu 4, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia,

Website: www.facebook.com/events/658122101334954/?active_tab=about

10. Watch a spectacular fireworks display

If you live somewhere high up with a good view of Kuala Lumpur city, then all you have to do is to look out of your window for a stunning view of sparkling fireworks. For those who live further away, you might want to go to iconic places like Putrajaya, KLCC, or Dataran Merdeka for spectacular fireworks. The second the clock strikes midnight on 31st August, cities all over the country will light up the sky with colorful fireworks that can be heard all over.

If you want some cold air, head over to Sky Avenue in Resorts World Genting and enjoy the stunning light showers at 8pm. Don’t be late because you will be caught up with massive jam and full parking!

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: 8pm

Where: Resorts World Genting (Sky Avenue), Genting Highlands, 69000 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

Website: www.facebook.com/events/326054618337771

11. Attend the National Day Parade

What is even best is to wake up early in the morning and join the biggest National Day Parade commencing down Dataran Merdeka. If you had a late night the day before, then switch on your TV and watch the spectacular parade that happens only once every year. Thousands upon thousands of Malaysians show up with patriotic pride and celebrate this memorable day together. Immerse yourself with those colorful performances such as royal procession, military demonstration, cultural performance and of course the fun spirit of all Malaysians! Just remember not to leave any litter behind!

This year, the National Day falls on a Saturday, and the annual parade is set to take place in Putrajaya. ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’ (Love Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia) is the theme for the 2019 National Day to emphasize the importance of unity and patriotism for the well-being of its people.

When: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: 7am

Where: Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3, 62675 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Lastly, don’t forget to reflect on what being Malaysian means to you. Is it the rojak language that we use to communicate with friends? Is it the roadside food stalls? Or is it the culture and diversity that we have as a proud Malaysian? What do you tell people about Malaysia when you meet a foreigner when you travel?

We, Blue Brickz family would like to wish all Malaysian a happy 62th Merdeka and enjoy your holiday with your loved ones!

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