Federal Territory Day: February 1
Federal Territory Day is a public holiday in Malaysia.
The Federal Territory Day, celebrated every first day of February, is one of Malaysia’s national holidays. The Federal Territories of Malaysia constitutes the state of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, anHeadd Labuan.
History of Federal Territory Day
The first two were originally part of Selangor state while Labuan was part of Sabah. Selangor surrendered Kuala Lumpur to the federal government on February 1, 1974. Labuan was released by Sabah in April 16, 1984 and in February 1, 2001, Putrajaya was later made the third federal territory. Due to the similarity in the date of independence of each state, the Federal Territory Day was instituted to be celebrated yearly every first day of February.
Federal Territory Day Traditions, Customs and Activities
The Federal Territory Day is celebrated in all three constituent states with parades, fireworks display including cultural shows and exhibits. Tourists will surely enjoy travelling around Malaysia during this time as they get the chance to see great street performances. What’s good about it is that the cultural shows and exhibitions are free of charge and are open for public viewing. Students from various schools, including government and non-governmental organizations and private sectors form unique contingents on every street parade and exhibitions during the event. Fun activities such as games and contests are also added activities.
The celebration also comes with awarding both public and private companies and individuals in their valuable contribution to their immediate community. If you’re in Malaysia, you can find more information by calling or visiting the local tourist offices or travel agencies.