Merdeka Day on 31 August marks the day Malaya achieved its independence from British colonial rule in 1957. The job of hosting the National Day Parade has fallen to various cities over time, but this year, it will come home to KL.
And the venue is the very historic Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), where the Union Jack was lowered, and the Malayan Federation flag raised for the first time to mark a country under its own rule.
And the parade is where you can see the whole nation coming together, in one spirit of unity, both as participants of the parade and witnesses, along the main stretch bordered by the field on one side and historical buildings on the other, including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building with the focal point of the clock tower.
The parade is as colourful as the population of this country itself, with contingents from the various races and states, decked out in their traditional outfits, while the civil service is also well represented by the police and military services, among others, all decked out in their finest.
Add intricate floats, marching bands, cultural performances and other activities to fill out the day, plus the fluttering of the Malaysian flag, Jalur Gemilang (Malay for “Stripes of Glory”), on buildings, vehicles and in the hands of the people, and you have an event that truly showcases the vibrancy and true spirit of Malaysia.