Sarawak Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Sarawak public holidays. Please scroll down to view.
Sarawak offers unique and exciting adventures that combine the history of the country with a more modern approach. There is a rich blend of culture, history and modernization that makes this area appealing to just about anyone who visits.
State-specific Public Holidays
Sarawak has four public holidays not found in most other parts of the country – the highest number of non-standard public holidays compared to other Malaysian states.
According to the 2010 census, more than 46 percent of the population of Sarawak is Christian. For this reason, Good Friday is a widely commemorated public holiday in Sarawak with many offices, schools and government agencies closed. Businesses, however, often remain open due to the strong tourist and shopping trade in Sarawak.
Hari Gawai is a religious and social occasion celebrated on June 1st and 2nd each year that marks the end of the harvesting season. There is much singing and dancing as farmers start a new farming season and many who work in the city return to villages to celebrate. A month before the celebration, tuak, or rice wine, is prepared and is served throughout the holiday. Langkau, similar to vodka, is also served. It is made through the heating and condensation of tuak.
The 2nd Saturday in September is celebrated as the Sarawak Governor’s birthday, although the official title for the head of state is Yang di-Puertua Negeri. Sarawak is one of four states that are not governed by monarchs. The governor is appointed by the King of Malaysia. The current Yang di-Puertua Negeri is Abdul Talb Mahmud.
In May 2016, the Chief Minister’s Office announced that a new public holiday had been created on July 22 and would be known as Sarawak Independence Day. Sarawak was granted self-government on July 22, 1963 under the condition it would join Malaya, North Borneo and Singapore to form Malaysia.
While in Sarawak, a visit to Kuching, the most urbanised city in the state, is definitely a must. It brings together many cultures, crafts and experiences that are both modern and ancient. The city is full of Chinese temples, shophouses that bring back memories of the White Rajahs and stalls selling delicious Asian cuisine. There are several nature preserves to choose from, including Gunung Gading, Semenggoh and Bako National Parks.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year|
|2 Jan||Mon||New Year Holiday|
|28 Jan||Sat||Chinese New Year|
|29 Jan||Sun||Chinese New Year
|30 Jan||Mon||Chinese New Year
|14 Apr||Fri||Easter - Good Friday|
|1 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|10 May||Wed||Wesak Day|
|1 Jun||Thu||Hari Gawai|
|2 Jun||Fri||Hari Gawai
|3 Jun||Sat||Agong's Birthday|
|25 Jun||Sun||Hari Raya Aidilfitri *|
|26 Jun||Mon||Hari Raya Aidilfitri
2nd Day *
|27 Jun||Tue||Hari Raya Aidilfitri
|22 Jul||Sat||Sarawak's Independence
from British Colonisation
|31 Aug||Thu||National Day /
|1 Sep||Fri||Hari Raya Haji *|
|9 Sep||Sat||Sarawak Governor's Birthday|
|16 Sep||Sat||Malaysia Day|
|22 Sep||Fri||Awal Muharram|
|1 Dec||Fri||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
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