On 31st August, Google celebrates the Independence Day of Malaysia / Hari Merdeka with a Doodle on malaysian landing page.
Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) is a national day of Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957, celebrated on August 31 each year. This should not be confused with Hari Malaysia (Malaysia Day) when Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 together by Federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.
On the night of August 30, 1957, crowds gathered at the Royal Selangor Club Padang in Kuala Lumpur to witness the handover of power from the British. Prime Minister-designate Tunku Abdul Rahman arrived at 11:58 p.m. and joined members of the Alliance Party’s youth divisions in observing two minutes of darkness. On the stroke of midnight, the lights were switched back on, and the Union Flag in the square was lowered. The new Flag of Malaya was raised as the national anthem Negaraku was played. This was followed by seven chants of „Merdeka“ by the crowd. Tunku Abdul Rahman later gave a speech hailing the ceremony as „greatest moment in the life of the Malayan people“.Before giving the address to the crowd, he was given a necklace by representatives of the Alliance Party youth in honor of this great occasion.
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