The national public holiday Hari Merdeka is observed in Malaysia on August 31, 2016. This day commemorates the declaration of independence of Malaysia from the British Empire on August 31, 1957. The Malaysians celebrate this big event with great excitement, fireworks and the Merdeka Parade. While every major city has its own celebration of Hari Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur is undisputed the place to be at this day of the year. Waving flags and smiling faces everywhere express the patriotism and love of the Malaysians towards their unique country.