Top events in Malaysia

May
01

The Kadazar, Dusun and Murut ethnic groups celebrate the harvest during this month-long festival throughout Sabah, and the 30th and 31st May are...

May
11

Formerly known as the Miri International Jazz Festival, the Borneo Jazz Festival features a range of jazz styles plus a dash of blues, rock and...

May
15

Known locally as 'Citrawarna', the Colours of Malaysia Festival is a lavish celebration of the country's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage,...

Malaysia Public Holidays

Below are listed Public Holidays for 2017/2018.

Public holiday note

Holidays falling on the weekend are observed the following day.

(a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan), Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Hari Raya Puasa itself. Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Qurban (Feast of Sacrifice) may last up to several days, depending on the region.

(b) Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

2017

February
16
Chinese New Year
Start date:
16 February 2017
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2017
May
10
Wesak Day (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
10 May 2017
June
03
King's Birthday
Start date:
3 June 2017
June
25
Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
25 June 2017
August
31
Merdeka Day (National Day)
Start date:
31 August 2017
September
01
Hari Raya Qurban (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
1 September 2017
September
22
Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
22 September 2017
September
22
Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Start date:
22 September 2017
October
19
Deepavali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
19 October 2017
December
01
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
1 December 2017

Celebrated 5 days later for Shi'a.

December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2017
December
25
Christmas Day
Start date:
25 December 2017

2018

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2018
February
01
Federal Territory Day
Start date:
1 February 2018
May
01
Labour Day
Start date:
1 May 2018
May
29
Wesak Day (Buddha's Birthday)
Start date:
29 May 2018
June
02
King's Birthday
Start date:
2 June 2018
June
14
Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan)
Start date:
14 June 2018
August
22
Hari Raya Qurban (Feast of Sacrifice)
Start date:
22 August 2018
August
31
Merdeka Day (National Day)
Start date:
31 August 2018
November
07
Deepavali (Festival of Lights)
Start date:
7 November 2018
November
21
Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
Start date:
21 November 2018

2019

January
01
New Year's Day
Start date:
1 January 2019
February
01
Federal Territory Day
Start date:
1 February 2019

Regional observation only (Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, and Labuan).

February
05
Chinese New Year
Start date:
5 February 2019

If Lunar New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the following working day is a public holiday. Nationwide except for two states.

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