31ST August is a very special day for Malaysians. It is the day we celebrate our independence day. Malaysia’s 62nd independence day is rolling around, and Malaysians are already getting their party hats out to celebrate on Saturday. There are few interesting things to do tomorrow:
NATIONAL DAY PARADE
This year, the National Day falls on a Saturday, and the annual parade is set to take place in Putrajaya. The theme for the 2019 National Day is Love Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia to emphasize the importance of unity and patriotism for the well-being of its people. If you’ve never been to the parade, you can expect a royal procession, cultural performances, military demonstration, sporting events and more.
Saturday, 31st, 7am, Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur
MERDEKA WALK 2.0
Celebrate the National Day by joining the Klang Heritage Merdeka Walk starting from the Kota Bridge. The 4km walk will cover a total of 10 sites including the Klang Fire Station, Little India and Istana Alam Shah. Open to adults and children, registrations fees are priced at RM 30 for adults and RM 20 for children aged 18 years and below. Participants will receive t-shirt, medal, heritage passport, goodie bag, certificate, Malaysia flag, a love lock and a chance to get the lucky draw worth up to RM 15,000.
Saturday, 31st, 7.30 am – 11.30 am, Kota Bridge, Klang, Selangor
A spectacular long hour fireworks display awaits you at Sky Avenue in Resorts World Genting this year. Book a room and take a drive up to Genting Highlands to enjoy the cool air and the stunning light showers. Head there early to avoid the massive crawl as parking can get tricky at peak hours.
Saturday, 31st, 8 pm, Resorts World Genting (Sky Avenue), Genting Highlands, Bentong, Pahang
MEET HOMEGROWN WRITER
If you’ve ever spotted the local books section at the bookstore and decided to give it a look, you’d find that there’s actually a pretty great selection of good reads. There is a meet-the-author session on Merdeka Day, it will be a good chance for those looking to get an introduction to the Malaysian literary scene. You can meet Daryl Yeap, the author of ’The King’s Chinese’, a story about how a penniless migrant from China who climbed his way to the top to become Penang’s richest man.
Saturday, 31st, 4 pm – 5 pm Lit Books, P-01-11 Level 1, Tropicana Avenue, 12 Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya
The charm of handmade crafts lie in the effort and care that go into making them. Whether it is a soap made from scratch, or batik designs that have been painstakingly drawn with hot wax, you would not be able to find the same product elsewhere. Local artisans will be setting up booths at the Merdeka Craft Market and there will be a ton of local handmade products. Be it clothings or accessories, the items you bring back home are sure to give you a style boost while adding a pop of Malaysian influence in your look.
Saturday, 31st August – 2nd September, 11 am – 7 pm, The Linc, 360, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, Kuala Lumpur