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The Malay culture is one of the most accepting and diverse cultures in the world.
On public holidays government offices are expected to be closed, as well as some shops and restaurants, depending on the ethnicity of the shop owner or restaurant owner.
During Hari Raya Puasa and Chinese New Year you can expect many shop and restaurant are closed. However, look out for special sales and celebrations.
Also count on public parks, shopping malls, and beaches to be more crowded during public holidays, as Malaysians will be taking advantage of their time off.



Day Date Holiday Comments
Sunday Jan 01 New Years Day All regions except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
Saturday Jan 14 Birthday of the Sultan of Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan only
Thursday Jan 19 Birthday of the Sultan of Kedah Kedah only. Always celebrated on 19 January
Saturday Jan 28 Chinese New Year 1st day of 1st lunar month
Sunday Jan 29 Chinese New Year Holiday 2nd day of 1st lunar month
Wednesday Febr 01 Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya only. Anniversary of the formation of the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in 1974
Friday Febr10 Thaipusam Hindu festival. Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang, Selangor only
Saturday March 04 Anniversary of Installation of the Sultan of Terengganu Terengganu only. Always celebrated on 4 March
Thursday March 23 Birthday of the Sultan of Johor Johor only. Celebrated on 23 March from 2015
Friday April 14 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday. Sabah, Sarawak only
Saturday April 15 Declaration of Malacca as a Historical City Malacca only. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008
Monday April 24 Isra and Miraj Kedah, Perlis and Negeri Sembilan only
Wednesday April 26 Birthday of the Sultan of Terengganu Terengganu only. Always celebrated on 26 April
Monday May 01 Labour Day International Workers Day
Sunday May 07 The Sultan of Pahang Hol Pahang only. Marks the death of a state Sultan
Wednesday May 10 Wesak Day Birth of Buddha. Observed on the day of the full moon in May
Sunday May 14 Mother's Day 2nd Sunday in May. Not a public holiday
Wednesday May 17 Birthday of the Raja of Perlis Perlis only. Always celebrated on 17 May
Saturday May 27 Beginning of Ramadan Johor, Kedah and Johor, Kedah, Malacca only
Tuesday May 30 Harvest Festival Sabah and Labuan only
Wednesday May 31 Harvest Festival Sabah and Labuan only
Thursday June 01 Harvest Festival Sarawak only
Friday June 02 Harvest Festival Sarawak only
Saturday June 03 Birthday of SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong Kings Birthday. 1st Saturday in June
Monday June 12 Nuzul Quran All regions except Johor, Kedah, Malacca, Sabah, Sarawak
Monday June 26 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Eid Al-Fitr
Tuesday June 27 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday Second day of holiday for Eid Al-Fitr
Friday July 07 Georgetown Heritage Day Penang only.
Saturday July 08 Birthday of the Governor of Penang Penang only. 2nd Saturday in July
Saturday July 22 Sarawak Day
Thursday August 31 National Day Independence Day
Friday Sept 01 Hari Raya Haji Festival of Sacrifice
Saturday Sept 02 Hari Raya Haji Holiday Perlis, Terengganu only. Second day of Festival of Sacrifice
Saturday Sept 09 Birthday of the Governor of Sarawak Sarawak only. 2nd Saturday in September
Saturday Sept 16 Malaysia Day Became a Federal Holiday in 2010
Friday Sept 22 Awal Muharram Islamic New Year
Saturday Oct 07 Birthday of the Governor of Sabah Sabah only. 1st Saturday in October
Friday Oct 13  Malacca Governors Birthday Malacca only.
Thursday Oct 19 Diwali The festival of lights. Except Labuan, Sarawak
Tuesday Oct 24 Birthday of the Sultan of Pahang Pahang only. Always celebrated on 24 October
Saturday Nov 11 Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan Kelantan only. Always celebrated on 11 November
Saturday Nov 18  The Sultan of Johor Hol Johor only. Marks the death of a state Sultan
Monday Nov 27 Birthday of the Sultan of Perak Perak only. Always celebrated on 27 November
Friday Dec 01 Mawlid
Monday Dec 11 Birthday of The Sultan of Selangor Selangor only. Always celebrated on 11 December
Monday Dec 25  Christmas Day Internationally observed Christian holiday
Tuesday Dec 26  Christmas Holiday Next working day after December 25

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Januaryuary: Chinese New Year. The first two days of the fifteen day festival are a national holiday. Penang is very good destination for celebrating Chinese New Year. Have a look at all the signs of the Chinese Zodiac!
January-February: Thaipusam. Festival for a Hindu deity, featuring carrying of penance gifts [walking floats] and body piercing. KL penance makers walk to the Batu Caves at Selangor.
November: Hari Raya Puasa - Islamic celebration of the end of Ramadan.
If a public holiday falls on Sundayday, the following day shall be a public holiday, and if this day is already a holiday, then the next day shall be a public holiday.


  Ben van Wijnen



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