Commemorating the establishment of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, Federal Territory Day is an event that honors the history and culture of these three territories.
History of Federal Territory Day
Federal Territory Day dates back to the early 1970s. At that time, the government of Malaysia recognized the need to develop Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan as separate territories with their own unique characteristics and potential for growth. In 1974, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan were established by an act of parliament. This marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of these territories and the country as a whole.
The establishment of these territories was a significant step in the development of the country. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, had been growing rapidly and was in need of proper planning and development. Putrajaya, on the other hand, was designated as the new administrative center of the country to ease the burden on Kuala Lumpur. Labuan, meanwhile, was chosen as the site of an International Offshore Financial Center to attract foreign investment and boost the economy.
Federal Territory Day serves as an opportunity for the people of these territories to come together and celebrate their shared heritage and culture, and also reflect on their past and look forward to a bright future. The event is also a way for the government to showcase the development and achievements of these regions and to promote their potential for growth.
How to Celebrate Federal Territory Day
Federal Territory Day is celebrated on February 1st every year by the residents in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, and also by the people of Malaysia. If you happen to be in the neighborhood on Federal Territory Day, here are some ways you can celebrate:
Discover the Historic Sites
Visitors can take a tour of the historic sites and learn about the rich history of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan. Some of the popular historic sites include the National Monument, Merdeka Square, and the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. These sites offer a glimpse into the past and provide visitors with an understanding of the cultural and historical significance of these territories.
Experience Cultural Performances
Celebrate the rich culture of the Federal Territory by attending cultural performances such as traditional dances, music, and more. These performances allow visitors to experience the traditional customs and practices of the local people, as well as educating people about the traditional instruments and costumes used in them.
Participate in Sports and Recreational Activities
Join in on the sports and recreational activities organized on the day, such as sports competitions, and games. These activities provide an opportunity to participate in the celebration and to bond with the community. Visitors can also join in on the fun and take part in the various games and competitions that are held throughout the day.
Enjoy Traditional Delicacies
Prepared using traditional cooking methods and ingredients, visitors can savor local cuisine such as satay, nasi lemak, and rojak at the local food fairs and markets. These traditional delicacies are an important part of the culture and there’s a lot that visitors can learn about the local culinary heritage.