Independence Day

@vingyan06 (2488)
Malaysia
August 20, 2009 2:33am CST
Do you know the story about the Independence Day in your country? In my country, we celebrate Independence day in 31st August every year. It will be a grand and happy celebration for this year too. I normally stay at home on this public holiday, hardly take part in any celebration held by the government. How about you? Since we have lot of Mylot member here from all over the world, please share the story on your country independence day. The date, the history, the celebration and anything about this BIG day.
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20 responses
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Every Indepenence Day makes me realised how young my country Malaysia is. I was born 1 year before our independence from Britain, thus making me a British subject at birth. On getting my IC (Identity Card) at 12 years of age, I have to prove I was born here and had to apply for a citizenship paper before I was granted my IC. All these seems like yesterday. In only 52 years, Malaysia has transform into a trully wonderful multi-cultural nation and I am proud of it. Yet, many younger people has no idea what Independence Day is all about. They did not realise that we were once "British subjects" and we were ruled by a foreign country. We were not able to be called Malaysians for "Malaysia" was not even "born" yet. Nevertheless, the British has brought many positive influences to this country without which I wouldn't be able participate in this discussion and be a proud member of Mylot.
@dianmelydia (2271)
• Indonesia
20 Aug 09
Certainly i know about my country's independence day history. We've learnt many things in our history class during school periods. My country has a long history. That's why we all must learn all the history so we can honouring our national heroes. I think this question is really good. This question is about nationalism, patriotism, and loving country. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
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• China
20 Aug 09
In China, our Independence Day is National Day in 1st Oct every day. This year we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.
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@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Hello my friend from China, It is good to hear that China will have the 60 th Anniversary celebration. I think it will be going to have a grand and big day soon. How many days of holidays you have for the independence day? i have been to china and I think the tour guide told me the holiday will last for 1 week? Is that true?
• China
21 Aug 09
Yes,this year is the 60th anniversary. It will be very rapturous. There are 8 days of holidays for the Independence Day. Welcome come to travel to my mother country.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Hello again. It is amazing your country declare 8 days of holidays for the people. We will only have 1 day holiday which is on the Independence day itself. I like to travel to China. In fact, I have been to a few states in China which are Beijing, Shang Hai, and Hainan Island. I don't think I will go to China especially Beijing on the Independence Day because it will be sure many local people has flooded the city. It will be super crowded I guess.
• Philippines
20 Aug 09
Our independence day is the 12th of June because it was declared by our President after the World War II. in my case, i would by a flag and sing national anthem on the television when others are singing.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Hello, thank you for sharing here. It is good to get the national flag and sing the national anthem.
@meapas (2433)
• India
20 Aug 09
We got our independence on august 14th midnight 1947. So we celebrate it on 15th august every year. We formed a democratic government of the people by the people for the people. Every year we celebrate this day with lot of funfare. It is a public holiday.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
23 Aug 09
It is glad to hear from you again here. Meaning to say your country get the independence 1 year early than Malaysia. Malaysia, my beloved country get its independence in 31st August 1948. So how is the celebration in your country for this year? I never come across any fun fair when we have our independence day celebration. What is the fun fair about? Thank you for your response and happy Mylotting!
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Yeah vingyan, it’s still 9 days or so to go before the independence day (hari kebangsaan) of our country. I hadlearnt from the late evening news yesterday. It’s announced that there won’t be any flower parades in the procession this coming independence day. Yeah, this is due to the influence of the swine flu recently. Many people working together for long time to prepare the flower vehicles would make the spreading of the swine flu more widely. Manpower would replace the flower parades to bring out the “One Malaysia” concept to celebrate the great independence day anniversary . I prefer to stay at home either watching tv program or surfing net as it's always enjoyable and relaxingly It's not relaxed and comfy having fun in the congested street or crowded area watching the grand procession or any other grand celebration in the noisy and crowded location Have a nice day and happy posting
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@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
yes. we celebrate independece day every june 12. Our independence day is not that very grand as the years went by. People are no longer concern of their roots.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
20 Aug 09
Yes, it is pretty much taught everywhere from the youngest age. The historical events can be found in books everywhere, but now that the internet has become so advanced and widespread, we can also share photos of our most ubiquitous symbol of Fourth of July in the USA: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument%2C_1986.jpg/250px-Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument%2C_1986.jpg
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@daliaj (5683)
• India
20 Aug 09
I am an Indian and August 15th is the Indepandance day of my country. We celebrate it very well. There will be processions and marches arranged by various schools and offices. Flag hosting will be done in evry public office and there will be discounts on many things due to Indepandance day. All the channels willplay patriotic movies and it is nice watching them once in a year atleast.
@Iriene88 (5346)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Dear Vingyan, we are the same countrymen..ooops, same countrywomen :) This year theme is SATU MALAYSIA (One Malaysia) Every year we can hear the popular song sang by Sudirman : Tanggal 31, Bulan Lapan, Lima Puluh Tujuh ( 31st, August, 57 ) Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka! (Independence, Independence, Independence! ) We can see many building will put up our Malaysian Flag (Jalur Gemilang) and cars / motorcycles, lorries, taxis will stick the flags too. Fireworks displays and live concerts at many cities :) Happy Merdeka Day!
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
Hello Iriene, yeah, give me five! With the new prime minister, we have our new vision and new theme for this year. I like the song sang by Sudirman, but I don't know how to sing . I have buy some Malaysia flag too. I am going to put 1 in front of my balcony, put 1 on my car too. The H1N1 cases is getting more and more. You think the government will have do something about the celebration?
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@Iriene88 (5346)
• Malaysia
22 Aug 09
Dear vingyan, You are very patriotic..good I heard from my sister who works in Putra Jaya, she said her colleagues all went rehearsal for the Merdeka. So it is ON. Just wonder will they all wearing mask while marching. This year theme 'One Malaysia' and our new PM launched the new unit trust 'Amanah Satu Malaysia', do you subsribe? Since H1N1, we will stay at home and celebrate Merdeka via our television...lol All the best and take care :)
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• Belgium
20 Aug 09
In India we celebrate the Independence day on 15th August. India got independence from the British in 1947. Independence is great for any nation. It marks a very important event for any nation. It is like a rebirth of an nation. One thing which I do not like about the Independence of India is that India was partitioned on that day into India and Pakistan. It led to widespread killings and lootings on both sides. The people who were together before the independence were now fighting among themselves. This day is celebrated everywhere in Indian with great passion. Also in foreign countries I have seen people celebrating this day in Indian embassies.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
23 Aug 09
Hello, my friend from India, thank you for your time here. I have receive some responses from India friends too. They too have telling bit of the history on India. So meaning to say once India obtain its independence from British, and it have separate in to 2 country after that? I hope I am not wrong!
• Belgium
23 Aug 09
No India got partitioned just before Independence into India and Pakistan.
@mrshughes (352)
• Philippines
20 Aug 09
In philippines we celebrate independence day every 12th of June. Students have parades in school and have some activities. But me, i celebrate it at home by cooking dinner for the family.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
hello friends, thank you for sharing here. It is good to hear from you again. Now I know Philippines will have 1 day off on 12th June! Same here, we have parades every year . But I think this year the government may want to cancel the parades as the swine flu cases is getting more and more.
@sissi320 (328)
• China
20 Aug 09
yes, our country has the Independece Day, and we celebrate it in 1st Oct every year. I like this day as it is a public holiday and I can do the things that I like. I am tired of working now.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
hello Sissi, thank you for your response. May I know you are from what country? Yeah, I like independence day. to me, it is a public holiday which I can get 1 day rest too.
@chason (22)
• United States
20 Aug 09
Here in the state July 4th is the glorious day. It is a day filled with parades and night filled with fireworks. It is great for families. Many of my neighbors will use thier grill and swim in their pools on this day. I join them and have a great time. Of course respect to the fallen.
@vingyan06 (2488)
• Malaysia
20 Aug 09
Hello, thank you for sharing here, welcome to Mylot!
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
21 Aug 09
haha vingyan... The first thing that always come to my mind on Independence Day, is HOLIDAY! During school, we will enjoy a day of holiday, however I was in the school band, and therefore will need to perform on that day.. Then, when come to work, which we will see what day the 'big day' fall on, and plan on whether we can have longer holidays instead.. I can remember the history of our Independence Day, and I hope our education systems don't change the story of it.. I used to glue in front of the TV during this big day, watching the parade and listen to the speeches, but now, after getting older and more exposure, I really don't have the heart and energy to do that anymore.. I hope one day I could do that again, loving my country..
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
21 Aug 09
Congratulations in anticipation for the Independence Day of your country. Since i am an Indian, we celebrate it every year on 15th August. Earlier when I used to teach in a school, I used to attend the function on this day, which was celebrated in a large scale(ofcourse still they celebrate). Now I am sort of retired, just do some social work, so I don't participate in the celebrations. The history is that we achieved freedom from British Rule on this day in 1947. India was divided into two countries, India and Pakistan, which was really very disheartening. My parents used to live in Pakistan, they had to flee from there, leaving all their belongings. In other words you can say, it was a partition in the same family... very sad!
• India
21 Aug 09
In my country,we celebrate independence day in 15th of august every year...this year also it was a grant celebration....like everywhere it would be a public holiday....lots of programmes are organised every year on behalf of independence day...
@indahfth (11170)
• Indonesia
21 Aug 09
I live in Indonesia. Indonesia independence on 17 August 1945. at the time of the proclamation read text, and wave a flag accompanied with the Indonesian national anthem. This year many festivals are held to welcome the independence, one of which is a flag ceremony. I do not follow the flag ceremony, because I am not a student. I only see a flag ceremony from the television.
@pkc3000 (1267)
• India
20 Aug 09
Hello vingyan06 Your topic is very good and I think every citizen of the country must know the history of Independence day and how country got independence. I am Indian and I feel proud to be an Indian. History of Indian Independence is glorious part. We got our independence since last 63 yrs ago with the sacrifice of so many martyr . Now India is world's biggest democratic country. We got our independence on 15th Aug.1947 and from then it is declared as Public holiday and every year we are celebrating our independence day in a befitting and colourful manner. pkc3000
@malpoa (1218)
• India
20 Aug 09
Our independence day is celebrated on August 15th. India got independance from British Rule 62years ago. The Britishers left our country at midnight and the morning, our national flag was hoisted. They had ruled India for over 200years and left us almost looted of many wealth and precious stones and jewellery. Many movements were on to vacate them. The main attraction of Independance day is that we hoist our flag in all 29 state capital by chief ministers, all seven union territories including our capital delhi in red fort by our prime minister and also in most schools. The event in Delhi is a very elaborate one which has procession and display of various culture, state representation and our defence capabilities.