Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Malaysia. Please scroll down to choose your state or view the national list.
What are public holidays?
Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts Malaysians get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.
What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.
A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to grab a hire car and road-trip it, or fly anywhere in Malaysia or destinations like Bali or Phuket. It’s all the time you need to book a holiday apartment by the beach and 100% chill with friends.
That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.
The meaning behind public holidays
Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Merdeka Day, Labour Day, National Day and Agong’s Birthday may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recall the people who came before us and built the nation we call home.
The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.
Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!
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Public Holidays 2017
This list has now been updated to reflect the official 2017 dates released by the Government.
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year||National (except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu)
|14 Jan||Sat||Yang Di-Pertuan Besar |
Negeri Sembilan's Birthday
|15 Jan||Sun||Sultan of Kedah's Birthday||Kedah|
|28 Jan||Sat||Chinese New Year||National|
|29 Jan||Sun||Chinese New Year |
|30 Jan||Mon||Chinese New Year |
|National (except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan & Terengganu)
|1 Feb||Wed||Federal Territory Day||Kuala Lumpur, Labuan
|9 Feb||Thu||Thaipusam *||Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor,
Negeri Sembilan, Perak,
Penang & Selangor
|4 Mar||Sat||Anniversary of Installation of |
Sultan of Terengganu
|23 Mar||Thu||Sultan of Johor's Birthday||Johor|
|14 Apr||Fri||Easter - Good Friday||Sabah & Sarawak|
|15 Apr||Sat||Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City||Melaka|
|24 Apr||Mon||Israk & Mikraj||Kedah, Negeri Sembilan
|26 Apr||Wed||Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday||Terengganu|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day||National|
|7 May||Sun||Hari Hol Pahang||Pahang|
|10 May||Wed||Wesak Day||National|
|17 May||Wed||Raja Perlis' Birthday||Perlis|
|27 May||Sat||Awal Ramadan *||Johor, Kedah & Melaka|
|30 May||Tue||Harvest Festival||Sabah & Labuan|
|31 May||Wed||Harvest Festival |
|Sabah & Labuan|
|1 Jun||Thu||Hari Gawai||Sarawak|
|2 Jun||Fri||Hari Gawai|
|3 Jun||Sat||Agong's Birthday||National|
|12 Jun||Mon||Nuzul Al-Quran||Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan,
Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang,
Putrajaya, Selangor & Terengganu
|25 Jun||Sun||Hari Raya Aidilfitri *||National|
|26 Jun||Mon||Hari Raya Aidilfitri |
2nd Day *
|7 Jul||Fri||Georgetown World Heritage City Day||Penang|
|8 Jul||Sat||Penang Governor's Birthday||Penang|
|22 Jul||Sat||Sarawak Day||Sarawak|
|31 Aug||Thu||National Day / |
|1 Sep||Fri||Hari Raya Haji *||National|
|2 Sep||Sat||Hari Raya Haji|
2nd Day *
|Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis
|9 Sep||Sat||Sarawak Governor's Birthday||Sarawak|
|16 Sep||Sat||Malaysia Day||National|
|22 Sep||Fri||Awal Muharram||National|
|7 Oct||Sat||Sabah Governor's Birthday||Sabah|
|13 Oct||Fri||Melaka Governor's Birthday||Melaka|
|18 Oct||Wed||Deepavali *||National (except Sarawak)|
|24 Oct||Tue||Sultan of Pahang's Birthday||Pahang|
|26 Oct||Thu||Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar||Johor|
|3 Nov||Fri||Sultan of Perak's Birthday||Perak|
|11 Nov||Sat||Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday||Kelantan|
|12 Nov||Sun||Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday|
|1 Dec||Fri||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday||National|
|11 Dec||Mon||Sultan of Selangor's Birthday||Selangor|
Visit kabinet.gov.my for the original release.
*Subject to change
Laws and regulations
Public holidays are non-working days that are officially given by Malaysia’s government to its citizens. 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.