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Merdeka series: How to Showcase Your Patriotism

Wong Shu Lee  

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  August 27, 2022

Merdeka Day is upon us. It’s a national day of celebration and what better way to express this festivity than to show patriotism and solidarity? It is the day of the year when Malaysians from all walks of life come together to commemorate independence. 

 

After two years of muted celebrations due to Covid-19, the annual National Day parade will return along with a host of activities in conjunction with National Month and Malaysia Day. 

 

This year's celebration, themed "Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama", reflected the harmony and peace in our multiracial country. "Teguh Bersama" (strong together) referred to the resilience and the unity of the Malaysian Family in facing challenges while coming together as a family.

 

Before you hit the streets on the day of the parade, find out what you need to do to show your nationalism. Join others as they express their intense love for the country! Here’s how:

 

Fill your surroundings with Jalur Gemilang

 

One of the most obvious and easiest ways to show love for the country is by displaying the national flag. You can decorate your house, office cubicle, or car with the Malaysian flag; not just one, but as many as you can! Besides, you may use the colors of the flag to design your surroundings. Flags are essentially powerful tools for demonstrating patriotism and nationalism.

 

Walk proud wearing flag colors and design

 

Aside from carrying or waving an actual flag, why not level up your fashion statement by wearing it? Some people just wear traditional attire, some people wear outfits or accessories that are inspired by the Jalur Gemilang. Whatever it is, let's showcase your talents in fashion by adding a sense of nationalism or love for the country to your outfit of the day! 

 

Enjoy Merdeka sales and promotions! 

 

Most retail outlets all over Malaysia hold a Merdeka sale where you can purchase items at a low price. Aside from shopping, restaurants are also offering huge discounts on food items. This is a celebration after all, so why not binge-eat at food festivals around the country? It’s also a good time to show off your favorite Malaysian cuisine on Instagram using the official hashtag for Merdeka.

 

Visit Malaysia’s cultural sites

 

Malaysia has such a colorful history and that’s what made us rich in cultural diversity. This is the perfect time to revisit the past by going to places that were once part of what we are commemorating on Merdeka Day. In this way, we are still able to refresh our memories as to why we celebrate our independence. Aside from Kuala Lumpur where the Dataran Merdeka can be found, you can also go on a journey back in time to Penang Island, Malacca, and Kuching where you can visit landmarks that are part of the nation’s history.

 

Educate the younger generation

 

To the older ones, this is the perfect time to take the kids out on the streets. As we revisit our history, we also need to teach them about what happened in the past. It’s not just about encouraging them to decorate or make flag designs for this event. It helps if we also explain the flag, the colors, and why we are celebrating Merdeka in the first place. It would be a good history lesson for the younger generation, and a refresher course for the adults in case you have forgotten the true essence of the festivities.

 

Celebrate diversity with friends and family

 

If there is one thing that this event teaches us, it is unity. Malaysia is a small country comprised of various races and ethnicities. For sure, you have a lot of friends from other nationalities. Go out and celebrate with them. Celebrate independence. Celebrate solidarity! 

 

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