August 31st is always full of important dates. First of all, it marks the day when Malaysia got its freedom from British colonial rule in 1957. This year is the 55th Independence Year for Malaysia with its theme "Janji Ditepati". For a nation of multi-racial, we were blessed with peace and harmony throughout the years and for years to come. Selamat Hari Merdeka Malaysia!
Secondly, it also marks the day when Lady Diana was killed in a fatal accident together with her companion Dodi Fayed in Paris 15 years ago. I remember watching the news of her death through TV3 evening news in Seri Malaysia, Alor Star, Kedah after a long trip from Thailand. Her 'fairy tale' wedding to Prince Charles broadcasted live on tv when I was a kid was dubbed as wedding of the century.
Next is the occurrence of the "Blue Moon"...not the one in the movie The Smurfs. Blue Moon is a term given to a full moon that occurs as the second full moon in a given month. Blue moons are not typically blue in color. There are two full moons in August, the first one was on August 1st. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait three years for the next blue moon. There will be two full moons in a single month in July 2015 (July 1 and 31). Now that explains why the phrase “once in a blue moon” means something very rare!
August 31st is an important day for me too. This day for this year, marks the 15th years that I have been with my hubby. We enjoyed and shared the good and bad times that we had. It takes a lot to reach 15 years together through thick and thin.
Had wanted both my kids to be delivered on Merdeka day too but did not worked out as planned. One was eight days earlier and the other one was 4 days earlier. Otherwise I would have another 2 more important dates on 31st. August. Now that with two kids in the family, it means more and more happy days ahead. Life is wonderful!