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Labuan Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Labuan public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Labuan is a 95-square kilometre island on the northwest coast of Borneo. The island is an offshore financial centre, and there are also many natural attractions available for almost anyone who wishes to travel there.

State-specific public holidays

Labuan’s public holidays are mostly the same as other states and territories across Malaysia. However the island does celebrate a special holiday called Federal Territory Day along with only two other territories.

Federal Territory Day is celebrated on February 1 each year in Labuan. The holiday celebrates the date when Labuan became the second federal territory in Malaysia in 1984, following Kuala Lumpur, the first federal territory. Government offices are closed on this day although some businesses remain open. If the holiday falls on a weekend, it may be celebrated on Monday.

Another holiday that’s celebrated only in Labuan and Sabah is the Harvest Festival, known as Pesta Ka’amatan, celebrated on the 30th and 31st of May each year. It is closely connected to the cultivation of rice, marking the end of the planting cycle. Farmers give thanks to the spirits for providing them with a good harvest and ask them to bless the harvest for the following year.

Things to see and do in Labuan

  • The World War II Memorial and cemetery of fallen soldiers are all heavily visited by those traveling to Labuan. The memorials recognise the sacrifice of soldiers during the war. Many of those buried there are Australian and British although there are some from Punjab, New Zealand and local areas. Of the 3,908 soldiers buried there, 2,156 are unidentified.
  • The Labuan Bird Park is a beautiful landscaped garden with paths for walking and is the home to hundreds of indigenous birds.
  • Labuan Square offers houses of colonial designs in front of the Town Padang. Four old Flame of the Forest trees planted by Chinese, Indian, Malay and European communities in 1953 commemorating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II stand in the area.
  • Peace Park is near Surrender Point where the 32nd Japanese Southern Army surrendered to the 9th Australian Imperial Forces on September 9, 1945.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
2nd Day
30 JanMonChinese New Year
Additional Holiday
1 FebWedFederal Territory Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedWesak Day
30 MayTueHarvest Festival
31 MayWedHarvest Festival
2nd Day
3 JunSatAgong's Birthday
12 JunMonNuzul Al-Quran
25 JunSunHari Raya Aidilfitri *
26 JunMonHari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day *
27 JunTueHari Raya Aidilfitri
Holiday *
31 AugThuNational Day /
Merdeka Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji *
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
22 SepFriAwal Muharram
18 OctWedDeepavali *
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas