This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Malaysia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Observance

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 5 Tuesday Chinese New Year's Day Public holiday

Also known as the Spring Festival is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

February 6 Wednesday Chinese New Year Holiday 2 Public holiday

On the 2nd day of the Chinese New Year married daughters visited their birth parents, relatives and close friends.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 4 Monday Maha Shivaratri Observance

A Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. It's celebrated on 13th day of Falgun month - the last month of Hindu calendar.

April 3 Wednesday Isra and Mi'raj Observance

The day for the remembrance of Muhammad's journey of Mi'raj. One of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Observance

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 11 Saturday Buddha's Birthday Public holiday

This holiday traditionally celebrated in most of East Asia to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. In Malaysia, Buddha's Birthday is celebrated as Wesak Day

June 4 Tuesday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Public holiday

Important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal

June 5 Wednesday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday Public holiday

Second day of holiday for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Falls on the 2nd day of the month of Shawwal according to the Islamic calendar.

August 12 Monday Eid al-Adha Public holiday

One of the most important Islamic holidays, it honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God's command. Begins on the tenth day of the Islamic month Dhu'l-Hijjah.

August 31 Saturday Independence Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the day when the Federation of Malaya's independence from the British Empire was officially declared

September 1 Sunday Muharram Public holiday

Islamic New Year. The day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year

September 9 Monday King's Birthday Public holiday

National holiday celebrates the birthday of Yang Di Pertuan Agong (King's title in Malaysia)

September 16 Monday Malaysia Day Public holiday

The day commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak to form Malaysia.

October 27 Sunday Diwali Public holiday

In Malaysia, Diwali is known as Hari Diwali and is celebrated in the month of Aswayuja.

November 10 Sunday The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Public holiday

Traditional commemoration of the birth of Muhammad, falls on 12 Rabi' al-awwal

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in Malaysia in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in Malaysia. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Observance

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 5 Tuesday Chinese New Year's Day Public holiday

Also known as the Spring Festival is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

February 6 Wednesday Chinese New Year Holiday 2 Public holiday

On the 2nd day of the Chinese New Year married daughters visited their birth parents, relatives and close friends.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 4 Monday Maha Shivaratri Observance

A Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. It's celebrated on 13th day of Falgun month - the last month of Hindu calendar.

April 3 Wednesday Isra and Mi'raj Observance

The day for the remembrance of Muhammad's journey of Mi'raj. One of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar.

April 19 Friday Good Friday Observance

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

May 1 Wednesday International Workers' Day Public holiday

It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.

May 11 Saturday Buddha's Birthday Public holiday

This holiday traditionally celebrated in most of East Asia to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. In Malaysia, Buddha's Birthday is celebrated as Wesak Day

June 4 Tuesday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Public holiday

Important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal

June 5 Wednesday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday Public holiday

Second day of holiday for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Falls on the 2nd day of the month of Shawwal according to the Islamic calendar.

August 12 Monday Eid al-Adha Public holiday

One of the most important Islamic holidays, it honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God's command. Begins on the tenth day of the Islamic month Dhu'l-Hijjah.

August 31 Saturday Independence Day Public holiday

Anniversary of the day when the Federation of Malaya's independence from the British Empire was officially declared

September 1 Sunday Muharram Public holiday

Islamic New Year. The day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year

September 9 Monday King's Birthday Public holiday

National holiday celebrates the birthday of Yang Di Pertuan Agong (King's title in Malaysia)

September 16 Monday Malaysia Day Public holiday

The day commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak to form Malaysia.

October 27 Sunday Diwali Public holiday

In Malaysia, Diwali is known as Hari Diwali and is celebrated in the month of Aswayuja.

November 10 Sunday The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Public holiday

Traditional commemoration of the birth of Muhammad, falls on 12 Rabi' al-awwal

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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