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Sabah Public Holidays 2017

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

With stunning mountains, exquisite flora and crystal-clear waters, Sabah is a nature lovers dream. Visitors travel to Sabah from around the world to experience the wide variety of outdoor activities available in this small state.

State-specific public holidays

Sabah has three public holidays not found in most other parts of the country:

  • Good Friday is a public holiday allowing Christians to remember the day, according to the Bible, that Jesus died on the cross. It is celebrated on the Friday before Easter. Malaysia has a small Christian population with just over nine percent of the country claiming to be Christian in the 2010 census. However, in Sabah, Christians make up 30 percent of the population.
  • The Harvest Festival is connected to the rice crop in Sabah and farmers take the time to give thanks to the spirits for a fruitful reap as well as to pray for a bountiful harvest the following year. It is celebrated at the end of May.
  • The Sabah Governor’s birthday is also a public holiday in Sabah and is celebrated in June. The office of Governor was established in 1957 when Malaysia gained independence from the United Kingdom.

Things to see and do in Sabah

Semporna Archipelago is home to beautiful islands and brightly coloured boats carrying sea gypsies that make for the perfect photo opportunities. However, it is under the water that attracts many of the visitors to Semporna Archipelago. It is one of the top diving destinations in the world offering coral beds and brightly coloured tropical fish in abundance.

The Danum Valley Conservation Area is like a children’s book come to life with a large, diverse animal population. Visitors can see orangutan, bearded pigs, flying squirrels and red-leaf monkeys along with pygmy elephants and gibbons in their natural habitat. Climbers will want to visit Mt. Kinabalu and the Kinabalu National Park. The mountain is the symbol of Sabah, gracing the state flag and is visible from every vantage point of the island. Of course, one of the best times to visit Sabah is during one of their public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year
2nd Day
30 JanMonChinese New Year
Additional Holiday
14 AprFriEaster - Good Friday
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedWesak Day
30 MayTueHarvest Festival
31 MayWedHarvest Festival
2nd Day
3 JunSatAgong's Birthday
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
7 OctSatSabah Governor's Birthday
18 OctWedDeepavali *
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas