Selamat Hari Merdeka
Today August 31, 2014 Malaysia is celebrating their Independence Day and Google Malaysia announced the day with their “Selamat Hari Merdeka” Google Doodle. The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. It’s known as the Bunga Ray in Malay.
To help celebrate this year’s Independence Day, guest artist Red Hong Yi from Google Doodles Team created an artful arrangement of the Hibiscus flower petals arranged into the words Google to celebrate the day.
She also created a second version using some pink petals that you can see below. It was hard to choose! Both were quite beautiful but in the end the top one won and is the one featured today in Malaysia.
Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) is a national day in Malaysia and commemorates the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957.
The day is celebrated on 31 August each year.
This should not be confused with Hari Malaysia (Malaysia Day) when Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 together by Federation of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore.