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For a country like Malaysia, with rich cultural and traditional backgrounds, it is no great wonder to have two national holidays. You heard it right! Malaysia has two different public holidays that commemorate the sacrifices made in the course of attaining freedom. First of all, Malaysia Independence Day falls on 31st of August. Following this, Malaysia Day is celebrated on 16th of September every year. The specialty of observance of Malaysia Day is to celebrate and remember the formation of the Malaysian Federation in 1963. As the Malaysian Population always shows a great deal of interest in celebrating the national holidays, let us learn about Malaysia Day 2021 through this article. Keep Reading to know more!
Malaysia Day 2021
Malaysia Day is celebrated every year on September 16 to commemorate the proclamation of the Malaysian Federation in1963. Also called “Hari Malaysia”, it is observed with a great sense of emotion and passion across the country. By the declaration of the Malaysian Federation on this day, provinces of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore united to a single state. Hence, this day was observed only in the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Later in 2010, Malaysia Day was declared a National Holiday throughout the country. However, this day has stories of many sacrifices and struggles to tell.
History of Malaysia Day
A few years after achieving independence, the Malaysian states of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore united with the Malaysian Federation to be a part of Malaysia. This great merge took place on 16th September 1963. However, two years later, Singapore separated itself from the federation.
Initially, it was scheduled to set up the new federation on 1st June 1963. But, it had to be postponed to 31st August to coincide with the Malaysia Independence Day celebrations. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as the neighboring countries of Philippines and Indonesia raised a few objections with regard to the formation of the Malaysian Federation. Finally, the declaration of the new Malaysian Federation happened on September 16, 1963 after the UN team piloted a mission to study about the participation of new states in the formation of the federation.
A Timeline of Events
|1824||Malaysia becomes a British colony|
|1945||Gains the position of a free nation from the country of japan, after the incidents of atomic bomb attacks.|
|1948||Formation of federation by the British ruled territories of Malaysia|
|1957||Earns independence on 31st August|
|1963||Declares the formation of Malaysian Federation|
Malaysia Day 2021 Date
Since 2010, the entire country of Malaysia, acknowledges and celebrates the 16th of September as Malaysia Day.
Malaysia Day 2021 Date – 16th September, Thursday
Check out the list below to know the weekdays of Malaysia Day in the upcoming years.
Malaysia Day 2021 Theme
As the Malaysia Independence Day and Malaysia Day are observed only a few days apart, they take up the same theme at all times. Moreover, both of these national holidays are celebrated primarily to salute the sacrifices made in the path of attaining freedom, they usually go hand in hand. Check out the themes of celebrations in the table below.
|Year||Theme||English translation of theme|
|1970||Muhibah dan Perpaduan||Goodwill and Unity|
|1971||Masyarakat Progresif||Progressive Society|
|1972||Masyarakat Adil||Fair Society|
|1973||Masyarakat Berkebudayaan Malaysia||A Society with Malaysian Culture|
|1974||Sains dan Teknologi Alat Perpaduan||Science and Technology as Tools of Unity|
|1975||Masyarakat Berdikari||A Self-Reliant Society|
|1976||Ketahanan Rakyat||Strength of the People|
|1977||20 Tahun Bersatu Maju||20 Years United and Progressive|
|1978||Kebudayaan Sendi Perpaduan||Culture is the Core of Unity|
|1979||Bersatu Berdisiplin||United and Disciplined|
|1980||Berdisplin Berbakti||Discipline and Service|
|1981||Berdisplin Berharmoni||Discipline and Harmony|
|1982||Berdisplin Giat Maju||Discipline Creates Progress|
|1983||Bersama Ke Arah Kemajuan||Together Towards Success|
|1984||Amanah Asas Kejayaan||Honesty Brings Success|
|1985||Nasionalisme Teras Perpaduan||Nationalism is the Core of Unity|
|1986||Bangsa Tegas Negara Teguh||Steadfast Society, Strong Country|
|1987||Setia Bersatu Berusaha Maju||Loyally United, Progressively Striving|
|1991||Wawasan 2020||Vision 2020|
|1992||Wawasan Asas Kemajuan||Vision is the Basis of Progress|
|1993||Bersatu Menuju Wawasan||Together Towards Vision|
|1994||Nilai Murni Jayakan Wawasan||Good Values Makes the Vision a Success|
|1995||Jatidiri Pengerak Wawasan||Steadfastness Moves the Vision Forward|
|1996||Budaya Penantu Kecapaian||Culture Determines Achievements|
|1997||Akhlak Mulia Masyarakat Jaya||Good Values Make a Successful Society|
|1998||Negara Kita, Tanggungjawab Kita||Our Country, Our Responsibility|
|1999||Bersatu Ke Alaf Baru||Together Towards the New Millennium|
|2000–2005||Keranamu Malaysia||Because of you, Malaysia|
|2006||Keranamu Malaysia: Misi Nasional, Penjaya Wawasan||Because of you, Malaysia: National Mission, Visionary Generator|
|2007||Malaysiaku Gemilang||My Glorious Malaysia|
|2008||Perpaduan Teras Kejayaan||Unity Is The Core of Success|
|2009||1 Malaysia: Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan||1 Malaysia: People First, Performance Now|
|2010||1 Malaysia: Menjana Transformasi||1 Malaysia: Transforming the Nation|
|2011||1 Malaysia: Transformasi Berjaya, Rakyat Sejahtera||1 Malaysia: Successful Transformations, Prosperous Citizens|
|2012||55 Tahun Merdeka: Janji Ditepati||55 Years of Independence: Promises Fulfilled|
|2013||Malaysiaku Berdaulat, Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku||My Sovereign Malaysia, The Land Where My Blood Has Spilt|
|2014||Malaysia, Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta||Malaysia, Here Is Where Love Begins|
|2015–2016||Malaysia, Sehati Sejiwa||United, Unified Malaysia|
|2017||Negaraku Sehati Sejiwa||My Country, United and Unified|
|2018||Sayangi Malaysiaku||Love My Malaysia|
|2019||Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih||Love My Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia|
|2020-2021||Malaysia Prihatin||Concerned Malaysia|
Famous Malaysian Proverbs
Here are some of the mindful proverbs prevalent in Malaysia. Check them out.
- If there is no reason, why would the tempua bird nest on the low branches?
- One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind.
- Though a tree grows ever so high, the falling leaves return to the ground.
- Where there is sugar, there are bound to be ants.
- Where there’s a carcass, there will be vultures.
- The body pays for a slip of the foot, and gold pays for a slip of the tongue.
- You don’t need to teach a young crocodile to swim.
- To truly love your wife, leave her alone every once in a while.
- When you go away, the conversation changes.
- An ox with long horns, even if he does not butt, will be accused of butting.
- When two great powers fight, the small and powerless will fall victim.
- A frog beneath a coconut shell believes there is no other world.
- An unasked excuse infers transgression.
- To bend a bamboo, start when it is a shoot.
- If you have, give; if you lack, seek.
Basic Facts about Malaysia
Check out some of the useful and basic facts worth remembering about Malaysia.
|Type of Government||Federal|
|Monetary unit||ringgit (RM)|
|Head of state||Sultan Abdullah of Pahang|
|Head of government||Prime Minister|
|Total area (sq km)||330,621|
National Symbols of Malaysia
The essence of any nation is depicted by the National Symbols. Here are the major national symbols of Malaysia.
|Flag||The stripes of glory|
|Animal||The Malayan tiger|
|Emblem||Coat of arms|
As Malaysia Day 2021 is just around the corner, let us spare some time to learn the facts and details of this beautiful country. Also, celebrate this Malaysian Day with great spirit and spread the message of love and harmony throughout!
We wish a Happy Malaysia Day to All our Readers!