Malaysia’s Public Holiday

 

 

Public holidays are non-working days that are officially given by Malaysia’s government to its’ citizens.

Public holidays in Malaysia are normally in celebration of an historic event, a significant religious event or commemoration, or the birthdays of Kings, Sultans, or governors. Malaysia Day and National Independence Day are examples of public holidays that celebrate key historical events, while Hari Raya and Christmas are examples of public holidays that days of religious significance.

Malaysia has one of the highest numbers of public holidays in the world, ranking number seven in the top ten countries after Thailand, Indonesia, India and Hong Kong. Fourteen of our holidays are national and celebrated across the nation, while some are also celebrated only in a few states or even in one state.

If a public holiday falls on a weekday (Monday to Friday) then that day becomes a non-working day and students and employees are generally not required to attend work or school (though many people in retail and other sectors still work on many of the public holidays, since shopping malls and many service still operate). This applies for all states except Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where the weekday starts on Sunday rather than Monday.

If public holidays fall on a Saturday, then people who normally work on that day are entitled to a day off. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, then a replacement is given the next day, on Monday. In this way, the number of days off each year because of public holidays remains basically the same, with no reduction in days-off because of public holidays falling on existing off-days.

The newest national public holiday to be added to Malaysia’s calendar is Malaysia Day, which is celebrated annually on 16th September. Malaysia Day celebrates the establishment of the Malaysian federation, which tool place on 16th September 1963. This holiday was first celebrated in 2010.

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS MALAYSIA 2012

 

DATE DAY HOLIDAY STATE
JANUARY
1 January Sunday New Year All states except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu
14 January Saturday Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan
15 January Sunday Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday Kedah
23 January Monday Chinese New Year National
24 January Tuesday Chinese New Year 2nd Day National
FEBRUARY
1 February Wednesday Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya
5 February Sunday Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday National
7 February Tuesday Thaipusam Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor
MARCH
4 March Sunday Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu Terengganu
APRIL
6 April Friday Easter – Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak
11 April Wednesday Installation of new king National
15 April Sunday Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City Melaka
19 April Thursday Sultan of Perak’s Birthday Perak
MAY
1 May Tuesday Labor Day National
5 May Saturday Wesak Day National
7 May Monday Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
17 May Thursday Raja Perlis’ Birthday Perlis
30 May Wednesday Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan
31 May Thursday Harvest Festival 2nd Day Sabah & Labuan
JUNE
1 June Friday Hari Gawai Sarawak
2 June Saturday Hari Gawai 2nd Day Sarawak
2 June Saturday Agong’s Birthday National
17 June Sunday Israk & Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis
JULY
7 July Saturday Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang
14 July Saturday Penang Governor’s Birthday Penang
20 July Friday Sultan of Terengganu’s Birthday Terengganu
21 July Saturday Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
AUGUST
6 August Monday Nuzul Al-Quran Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor & Terengganu
19 August Sunday Hari Raya Puasa National
20 August Monday Hari Raya Puasa National
21 August Tuesday Replacement day National
31 August Friday National Day National
SEPTEMBER
8 September Saturday Sarawak Governor’s Birthday Sarawak
16 September Sunday Malaysia Day National
17 September Monday Malaysia Day Replacement National
OCTOBER
6 October Saturday Sabah Governor’s Birthday Sabah
13 October Saturday Melaka Governor’s Birthday Melaka
24 October Wednesday Sultan of Pahang’s Birthday Pahang
26 October Friday Hari Raya Haji National
27 October Saturday Hari Raya Haji, 2nd Day Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu Only
NOVEMBER
11 November Sunday Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday Kelantan
12 November Monday Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday, 2nd Day Kelantan
13 November Tuesday Deepavali National except Sarawak and Labuan
15 November Thursday Awal Muharram National
22 November Thursday Sultan of Johor’s Birthday Johor
DECEMBER
11 December Tuesday Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday Selangor
20 December Thursday Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor Johor
25 December Tuesday Christmas National

 

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS MALAYSIA 2013

DATE DAY HOLIDAY STATE
JANUARY
1 January Tuesday New Year All states except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu
14 January Monday Yang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan
15 January Tuesday Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday Kedah
24 January Thursday Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday National
27 January Sunday Thaipusam Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor
FEBRUARY
1 February Friday Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya
10 February Sunday Chinese New Year National
11 February Monday Chinese New Year 2nd Day National
12 February Tuesday Chinese New Year Replacement Holiday All states except Kelantan and Terengganu
MARCH
4 March Monday Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu Terengganu
29 March Friday Easter – Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak
APRIL
15 April Monday Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City Melaka
19 April Friday Sultan of Perak’s Birthday Perak
MAY
1 May Wednesday Labour Day National
7 May Tuesday Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
17 May Friday Raja Perlis’ Birthday Perlis
24 May Friday Wesak Day National
30 May Thursday Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan
31 May Friday Harvest Festival 2nd Day Sabah & Labuan
JUNE
1 June Saturday Agong’s Birthday National
1 June Saturday Hari Gawai Sarawak
2 June Sunday Hari Gawai 2nd Day Sarawak
5 June Wednesday Israk & Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis
JULY
7 July Sunday Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang
9 July Tuesday Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Melaka
14 July Sunday Penang Governor’s Birthday Penang
20 July Saturday Sultan of Terengganu’s Birthday Terengganu
26 July Friday Nuzul Al-Quran Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor & Terengganu
AUGUST
8 August Thursday Hari Raya Puasa National
9 August Friday Hari Raya Puasa National
31 August Saturday National Day National
SEPTEMBER
8 September Sunday Sarawak Governor’s Birthday Sarawak
16 September Monday Malaysia Day National
OCTOBER
5 October Saturday Sabah Governor’s Birthday Sabah
13 October Sunday Melaka Governor’s Birthday Melaka
15 October Tuesday Hari Raya Haji National
16 October Wednesday Hari Raya Haji, 2nd Day Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu Only
24 October Thursday Sultan of Pahang’s Birthday Pahang
NOVEMBER
3 November Sunday Deepavali National except Sarawak and Labuan
4 November Monday Deepavali Replacement Holiday National except Sarawak
5 November Tuesday Awal Muharram National
12 November Tuesday Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday Kelantan
22 November Friday Sultan of Johor’s Birthday Johor
DECEMBER
11 December Wednesday Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday Selangor
20 December Friday Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor Johor
25 December Wednesday Christmas National