On August 31st, 1957, the British banner was lowered and the independent Malaysia’s national flag was hoisted on the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur. Since then, every year on the last August day, the country celebrates the Hari Merdeka – anniversary of the independence – in a big way. It is Malaysia’s main holiday that is loved and respected by all local residents.
Vivid theatrical processions, concerts of local artists and colorful parades, various shows and street fairs are organized throughout the city on the Independence Day. The culmination of the festivities is traditional morning parade, on which the royal family, the prime-minister and many Malay prominent figures are present. The holiday ends with a splendid firework.