Public Holidays 2015 and 2016

We currently have public holidays for 2015 and 2016 listed. Scroll down to view.

Introduction

Public holidays are non-working days that are officially given by Malaysia’s government to its citizens. In Malaysia they 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, Christmas and Wesak Day are examples of holidays that are of religious significance. The newest national 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 took place on 16th September 1963. This holiday was first celebrated in 2010. Malaysia has one of the highest numbers of days off 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.

Public holiday rules

The allocation and dates of public holidays in Malaysia are governed by various state and federal laws. Such as:

  • Act 369 – Holidays Act 1951
  • Sarawak Holidays Ordinance
  • State of Sabah Holidays Ordinance

Most basically, 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 Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where the weekday starts on Sunday rather than Monday. If a public holiday falls 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.

Public Holidays 2015

This list has now been updated to reflect the final official 2015 list released by the government.  

DateDayHolidayState
JAN
1 JanThursNew YearAll states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu
3 JanSatProphet Muhammad's BirthdayNational
14 JanWedYang Di-Pertuan Besar
Negeri Sembilan's Birthday
Negeri Sembilan
18 JanSunSultan of Kedah's BirthdayKedah
FEB
1 FebSunFederal Territory DayKuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya
2 FebMonFederal Territory Day Replacement HolidayKuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya
3 FebTuesThaipusamKedah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor,
Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor
19 FebThursChinese New YearNational
20 FebFriChinese New Year 2nd DayNational
MAR
4 MarWedAnniversary of Installation of Sultan of TerengganuTerengganu
22 MarSunChempaka by-electionKelantan
23 MarMonCoronation of Johor's Sultan
Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar
Johor
APR
3 AprFriEaster - Good FridaySabah & Sarawak
15 AprWedDeclaration of Melaka as a Historical CityMelaka
26 AprSunSultan of Terengganu's BirthdayTerengganu
MAY
1 MayFriLabour DayNational
3 MaySunWesak DayNational
5 MayTuesRompin by-electionPahang
6 MayWedEnthronement of Sultan Nazrin ShahPerak
7 MayThursPermatang Pauh by-electionPenang
7 MayThursHari Hol PahangPahang
16 MaySatIsrak & MikrajKedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis
17 MaySunRaja Perlis' BirthdayPerlis
24 MaySunFA Cup Final HolidayKelantan
30 MaySatHarvest FestivalSabah & Labuan
31 MaySunHarvest Festival
2nd Day
Sabah & Labuan
JUN
1 JunMonHari GawaiSarawak
2 JunTuesHari Gawai
2nd Day
Sarawak
6 JunSatAgong's BirthdayNational
18 Jun*ThursAwal RamadanJohor, Kedah & Melaka
JUL
4 JulSatNuzul Al-QuranKelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Pahang,
Perak, Perlis, Penang, Putrajaya, Selangor & Terengganu
7 JulTuesGeorgetown World
Heritage City Day
Penang
11 JulSatPenang Governor's BirthdayPenang
17 Jul*FriHari Raya AidilfitriNational
18 Jul*SatHari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day
National
AUG
31 AugMonNational Day /
Merdeka Day
National
SEP
12 SepSatSarawak Governor's BirthdaySarawak
16 SepWedMalaysia DayNational
24 Sep*ThursHari Raya HajiNational
25 Sep*FriHari Raya Haji
2nd Day
Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu
OCT
3 OctSatSabah Governor's BirthdaySabah
9 OctFriMelaka Governor's BirthdayMelaka
14 OctWedAwal MuharramNational
24 OctSatSultan of Pahang's BirthdayPahang
NOV
10 Nov*TuesDeepavaliNational (except Sarawak)
11 NovWedSultan of Kelantan's BirthdayKelantan
12 NovThursSultan of Kelantan's Birthday 2nd DayKelantan
18 NovWedHari Hol Almarhum Sultan JohorJohor
27 NovFriSultan of Perak's BirthdayPerak
DEC
11 DecFriSultan of Selangor's BirthdaySelangor
24 DecThursProphet Muhammad's BirthdayNational
25 DecFriChristmasNational

*Subject to change.

Public Holidays 2016

The dates below are not official. Official 2016 public holiday dates will be released by the Malaysian government later in 2015.

DateDayHolidayState
JAN
1 JanFriNew YearAll state except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu
14 JanThuYang Di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan's BirthdayNegeri Sembilan
19 JanTueSultan of Kedah's BirthdayKedah
FEB
1 FebMonFederal Territory DayKuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya
TBCTBCThaipusam *Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor,
Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor
8 FebMonChinese New YearNational
9 FebTueChinese New Year 2nd DayNational
MAR
4 MarFriAnniversary of Installation of Sultan of TerengganuTerengganu
23 MarWedSultan of Johor's BirthdayJohor
25 MarFriEaster - Good FridaySabah & Sarawak
APR
15 AprFriDeclaration of Melaka as a Historical CityMelaka
26 AprTueSultan of Terengganu's BirthdayTerengganu
MAY
1 MaySunLabour DayNational
2 MayMonLabour Day
(Replacement)
All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, & Terengganu
TBCTBCWesak DayNational
5 MayThuIsrak & MikrajKedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis
7 MaySatHari Hol PahangPahang
TBCTBCRaja Perlis' BirthdayPerlis
30 MayMonHarvest FestivalSabah & Labuan
31 MayTueHarvest Festival
2nd Day
Sabah & Labuan
JUN
1 JunWedHari GawaiSarawak
2 JunThuHari Gawai
2nd Day
Sarawak
4 JunSatAgong's BirthdayNational
6 JunMonAwal Ramadan *Johor, Kedah & Melaka
22 JunWedNuzul Al-QuranKelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Pahang,
Perak, Perlis, Penang, Putrajaya, Selangor & Terengganu
JUL
6 JulWedHari Raya Aidilfitri *National
7 JulThuGeorgetown World Heritage City DayPenang
7 JulThuHari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day *
National
9 JulSatPenang Governor's BirthdayPenang
AUG
31 AugWedNational Day /
Merdeka Day
National
TBCTBCSarawak Governor's BirthdaySarawak
SEP
12 SepMonHari Raya Haji *National
13 SepTueHari Raya Haji
2nd Day *
Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu
16 SepFriMalaysia DayNational
TBCTBCSabah Governor's BirthdaySabah
TBCTBCMelaka Governor's BirthdayMelaka
OCT
3 OctMonAwal Muharram *National
TBCTBCSultan of Pahang's BirthdayPahang
30 OctSunDeepavali *National (except Sarawak)
31 OctMonDeepavali
(Replacement) *
National (except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Sarawak & Terengganu)
NOV
TBCTBCSultan of Kelantan's BirthdayKelantan
TBCTBCSultan of Kelantan's Birthday 2nd DayKelantan
TBCTBCHari Hol Almarhum Sultan IskandarJohor
TBCTBCSultan of Perak's BirthdayPerak
TBCTBCSultan of Selangor's BirthdaySelangor
DEC
12 DecMonProphet Muhammad's BirthdayNational
25 DecSunChristmasNational
26 DecMonChristmas
(Replacement)
National (except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, & Terengganu)

*Subject to change TBC – To Be Confirmed