We currently have public holidays for 2015 listed. Scroll down to view.
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.
JOHOR UPDATE: New public holiday announced for Johor on 23 March 2015 (Monday). Scroll down to view.
KEDAH UPDATE: Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has announced that Thaipusam will be a public holiday in the state this year.
|1 Jan||Thurs||New Year||All states except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu|
|3 Jan||Sat||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday||National|
|14 Jan||Wed||Yang Di-Pertuan Besar|
Negeri Sembilan's Birthday
|18 Jan||Sun||Sultan of Kedah's Birthday||Kedah|
|1 Feb||Sun||Federal Territory Day||Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya|
|2 Feb||Mon||Federal Territory Day Replacement Holiday||Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya|
|3 Feb||Tues||Thaipusam||Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor|
|19 Feb||Thurs||Chinese New Year||National|
|20 Feb||Fri||Chinese New Year 2nd Day||National|
|4 Mar||Wed||Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu||Terengganu|
|23 Mar||Mon||Coronation of Johor's Sultan|
Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar
|3 Apr||Fri||Easter - Good Friday||Sabah & Sarawak|
|15 Apr||Wed||Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City||Melaka|
|26 Apr||Sun||Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday||Terengganu|
|1 May||Fri||Labour Day||National|
|3 May||Sun||Wesak Day||National|
|7 May||Thurs||Hari Hol Pahang||Pahang|
|16 May||Sat||Israk & Mikraj||Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis|
|17 May||Sun||Raja Perlis' Birthday||Perlis|
|30 May||Sat||Harvest Festival||Sabah & Labuan|
|31 May||Sun||Harvest Festival |
|Sabah & Labuan|
|1 Jun||Mon||Hari Gawai||Sarawak|
|2 Jun||Tues||Hari Gawai|
|6 Jun||Sat||Agong's Birthday||National|
|18 Jun*||Thurs||Awal Ramadan||Johor, Kedah & Melaka|
|4 Jul||Sat||Nuzul Al-Quran||Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Putrajaya, Selangor & Terengganu|
|7 Jul||Tues||Georgetown World|
Heritage City Day
|11 Jul||Sat||Penang Governor's Birthday||Penang|
|17 Jul*||Fri||Hari Raya Aidilfitri||National|
|18 Jul*||Sat||Hari Raya Aidilfitri |
|31 Aug||Mon||National Day / |
|12 Sep||Sat||Sarawak Governor's Birthday||Sarawak|
|16 Sep||Wed||Malaysia Day||National|
|24 Sep*||Thurs||Hari Raya Haji||National|
|25 Sep*||Fri||Hari Raya Haji|
|Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu|
|3 Oct||Sat||Sabah Governor's Birthday||Sabah|
|9 Oct||Fri||Melaka Governor's Birthday||Melaka|
|14 Oct||Wed||Awal Muharram||National|
|24 Oct||Sat||Sultan of Pahang's Birthday||Pahang|
|10 Nov*||Tues||Deepavali||National (except Sarawak)|
|11 Nov||Wed||Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday||Kelantan|
|12 Nov||Thurs||Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday 2nd Day||Kelantan|
|18 Nov||Wed||Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor||Johor|
|22 Nov||Sun||Sultan of Johor's Birthday||Johor|
|27 Nov||Fri||Sultan of Perak's Birthday||Perak|
|11 Dec||Fri||Sultan of Selangor's Birthday||Selangor|
|24 Dec||Thurs||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday||National|
*Subject to change.