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Sarawak Public Holidays 2017

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

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Sarawak. 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
1 JunThuHari Gawai
2 JunFriHari Gawai Holiday
25 JunSunHari Raya Aidilfitri
26 JunMonHari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday
27 JunTueHari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday
22 JulSatSarawak Day
31 AugThuMerdeka Day
1 SepFriHari Raya Haji
4 SepMonSep 4 Holiday (SEA Games)
9 SepSatAgong's Birthday
9 SepSatSarawak Governor's Birthday
16 SepSatMalaysia Day
22 SepFriAwal Muharram
1 DecFriProphet Muhammad's Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day

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.
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