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Sabah Public Holidays 2017

Today – 19 October 2017 – is not a holiday in Sabah.

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Sabah. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
28 JanSatChinese New Year
29 JanSunChinese New Year Holiday
30 JanMonChinese New Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
24 AprMonInstallation of YDP Agong
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 MayWedWesak Day
30 MayTueHarvest Festival
31 MayWedHarvest Festival Holiday
25 JunSunHari Raya Aidilfitri
26 JunMonHari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday
27 JunTueHari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday
31 AugThuMerdeka Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji
4 SepMonSep 4 Holiday (SEA Games)
9 SepSatAgong's Birthday
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
22 SepFriAwal Muharram
7 OctSatSabah Governor's Birthday
18 OctWedDeepavali
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day

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.
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