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Wednesday 31 August 2022

MERDEKA Day Parade 2022!

It's Merdeka Day!

Hari Kebangsaan, or National Day is the official independence day of Malaysia. It commemorates the Malayan Declaration of Independence of 31 August 1957 and is defined in Article 160 of the Constitution of Malaysia. 

Fondly known as Hari Merdeka or Independence Day, it has been a practice for thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life, as well as age, race and religion, to converge to Dataran Merdeka to together celebrate our National Day each year.

The pandemic put paid to the celebrations of 2020-2021, and with this year's theme of Keluarga Malaysia Teguh Bersama (Malaysian Family: Stronger Together) we were determined more than ever to join in the festivities.

We woke up at the crack of dawn and made our way out of our condo at 7:00am headed along Jalan TAR to its absolute end only to find Dataran Merdeka packed to the proverbial rafters. 

All along Jalan Raja were tens of thousands of revellers eagerly waiting for the parade to start, we later learnt that some came as early as 4:30am!

So we doubled back along Jalan TAR and finally found a spot along Jalan Raja Chulan beside the bridge. There we waited for an hour and a half for the parade to start.

The parade started at 9:00am and lasted for about an hour and a half, and we then headed home.

Less words, more footage... enjoy the raucous and joyous parade!

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

N/B: Midway through the parade we switched cameras from the DJI Pocket 2 to the Lumix GH5. It being our first time and all we were unfamiliar with the audio settings, and when we got home, we found the audio to be rather shrill and 'jarring'. Try as we might we could not fix it in post-production, and please accept our sincerest apologies.

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📍 Location:
Dataran Merdeka -
Jambatan Jalan Raja Laut -

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