All About Malaysia Public Holidays You Need To Know

Public Holidays in Malaysia for 2018

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Public Holidays in Malaysia for 2020

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Malaysia YDP Agong Holiday

The Agong’s role rotates among Malaysia’s nine Sultans of state. they will select a new Agong every 5 years through an election process by the council. This is an extra public holiday for 2019 in Malaysia’s existing annual public holiday list.

Malaysia Yang Di-Pertuan Besar (YDPB) Holiday

Negeri Sembilan is unique from the other states in Malaysia. While the other states have a hereditary monarch whom they refer to as a “Sultan”, Negeri Sembilan’s version of that is a Yang Di-Pertuan Besar(YDPB). Only Negeri Sembilan celebrates the YDPB’s birthday as the official public holiday.

Malaysia Hari Raya Puasa Holiday

The Hari Raya Puasa holiday spans over a two-day period. many Muslims usually take up to one week’s leave to return home to their extended families. Main highways in Malaysia are severely congested in the days leading up to the celebration.

Malaysia Awal Ramadan Day Holiday

Awal Ramadan is acknowledged as a national Malaysia public holiday in Malaysia. Awal Ramadan is considered the most sacred of all months for Muslims, besides the month of Ramadan, that is. Muharram, taken from the root word haram which Means to “sinful” in English. 

Malaysia Nuzul Al-Quran Holiday

Nuzul Al-Quran happens in Ramadan, the holy month of the Muslim calendar. Its celebrations as the start of the Quran’s revelation to the Prophet Muhammad. Nuzul Al-Quran is a national holiday except in the states of Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak.

Malaysia New Year’s Day Holiday

New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Malaysia. The 1st day of the new calendar year begins 1 January annually. New Year’s Day in Malaysia is usually with a lot of celebration events.

Malaysia Chinese New Year Holiday

Chinese New Year is also commonly referred to as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. Most locals simply refer to it as Chinese New Year. For those of Chinese descent in Malaysia, Chinese New Year is the most meaningful festival that occurs annually.

Malaysia Vesak Day Holiday

Vesak day, sometimes call as Wesak Day, is a day where Buddhists celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha – the three moments were the most significant times in Gautama Buddha’s life.

Malaysia Thaipusam Day Holiday

Thaipusam is a prominent Hindu religious ceremony in Malaysia. It happens annually on the full moon of the 10th month within Hindu calendar. Thaipusam holiday in Malaysia is only applicable in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Penang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Johor.

Malaysia Good Friday Holiday

Good Friday in Malaysia is an official public holiday in East Malaysia. This means that Good Friday public holiday only applicable in Sabah and Sarawak. Christians around the world commemorate Good Friday (not just in Malaysia) before to Easter.

Malaysia Labour Day Holiday

Labour Day is an official public holiday in Malaysia, affecting all states in Malaysia. Labour Day is a celebration for the social and economic contribution to the workforce. These achievements include establishing the 8-hours workday

Hari Raya Haji Celebrations in Malaysia

Hari Raya Haji is a day when Muslims recall the “almost sacrifice” talked about in Islamic Scriptures. The “almost sacrifice” is when Ibrahim nearly sacrificed his son Ishmael on Mount Moriah near Mecca.

Federal Territory Day in Malaysia

Federal Territory Day is only a recognised public holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan. All other states in Malaysia will operate as per usual. The public holiday is in commemoration of the day Kuala Lumpur came under federal control in 1974.

National Day

Malaysia’s National Day public holiday falls on 31 August annually and it is a day to commemorate the day Malaysia gained its independence.

Awal Muharram

Awal Muharram is a national public holiday in Malaysia, marking the start of the new Islamic year for Muslims locally and around the world.

Malaysia Day

The Malaysia Day national public holiday falls on 16 September annually, celebrating the day the Malaysian Federation was founded.


A colourful and festive event, Deepavali is a national public holiday in Malaysia celebrated by the local Hindus and Hindus around the world.

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

Celebrated as a national public holiday in Malaysia, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is observed during the Rabi’ al-awwal.

Election Day

Wouldn’t it be great if the people are allowed to choose their own leaders? Do you remember the night of the election where we sit in front of our television with our family anticipating which party has won and is given the power to govern Malaysia into a brighter future? Although going through a change in the parliament is quite a tedious process, we can all agree that the election day will be the highlight of the whole event.

Christmas Day

Malaysia participates in one of the most awaited holidays of the year—Christmas Day. In its own ways, its residents celebrate the joy and meaning of Christmas. Look into how they do so.

Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday

Kedah is a state located in the northern area of Malaysia’s west coast. It is also known as Kedah Darul Aman, which translates to “Kedah, Abode of Peace.” In this Malaysian state, there is a celebration that highlights its residents’ year, which is the Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday.

Sultan of Johor’s Birthday

Johor, which is in the southernmost point of mainland Asia, is the oldest constitutional monarchy in Malaysia. It adopted the system in 1895. Every 23rd of March, the Sultan of Johor’s Birthday is being celebrated, making the day a state general public holiday.

Israk and Mikraj

Israk and Mikraj is the event remembering the night that Allah took Mohammad from Mecca to Jerusalem before ascending to heaven. The celebration of Israk and Mikraj falls on the 27th day of the seventh month, Rajab, in the Islamic calendar.

Sultan of Terengganu’s Birthday

The Sultan of Terengganu’s Birthday is a public holiday in the Malaysian state on April 26 every year. It honours the Sultan for all his efforts in serving the city. The current Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin was born on January 22, 29162. He is the 18th sultan of Terengganu whose lineage dates back to 1725. Mizan is the youngest ruler of Malaysian federal after getting appointed as the Sultan of Terengganu in May 1998. This was after his father, Sultan Mahmud, died.

Declaration of Melaka

In Malaysia, the declaration of Melaka as a historical city is being celebrated every April 15. The Malaysian state was recognized as such in 1989. Melaka, also referred to as Malacca, was established by Sumatran Prince Parameswara in the 14th century. He built the new kingdom after the fall of the Srivijaya Empire.

Awal Ramadan

Awal Ramadan is the first day of Ramadan. It is a public holiday in Johor, Kedah, and Melaka. It is deemed as the most sacred of all months for Muslims, apart from the month of Ramadan. It is observed as a time of peace and mourning.

Hari Hol Pahang

In eastern Malaysia, Pahang is considered the biggest state in terms of geography and is one of several states that retain their own sultan. Hari Hol Pahang is declared a public holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of one of the state’s former sultans. It is a day of grieving and honouring the previous leaders who dedicated their lives to the state.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival is an annual month-long celebration being held in Malaysia every May. Also known as Pesta Kaamatan, the festival has deep cultural roots with pagan origins and is considered one of the country’s grandest celebrations.

Hari Gawai

Dayak people in Sarawak, Malaysia celebrate Hari Gawai every June 1. It is a thanksgiving and harvest festival marking the abundant agricultural yields and even the prospects for the next harvest season. It was formally celebrated first on June 1, 1965.

Georgetown World Heritage City Day

Historians would say that past events or happenings always have a connection to a remembrance of something. And that those happenings will remain at the pinnacle of history over decades and centuries to come. Georgetown world heritage city day is one event that you’d remove amongst a gallery of historical events that dates back to the end of the 18th century.

Penang Governor’s Birthday

The Penang state history dates back to the 18th century when the British were occupying Malaysia. Penang is among the four states under the parliamentary government system and the governor as the Head of State. And so, every second Saturday of July, residents celebrate Penang Governor’s birthday. This is to mark the birthday of His Excellency the Governor in Malay–Tang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Raja Perlis’ Birthday

Perlis is geographically one of the smallest states in Malaysian Peninsular. The communities within the state of Perlis have a yearly celebration in their calendar year. Malaysia has different states, and within each state, some rulers govern them. The state of Perlis is under the ruler known as “Raja.” Under this state is where we have Raja Perlis’ Birthday celebration each calendar year.

Sarawak Day

In the mid-20th century, British control in Southeast Asia was slowly coming to an end. The British governor by then Alexander Waddell was preparing the declaration of independence, and on 22nd July 1963, Sarawak attained self-independence. Events that followed decades later saw Sarawak day a public holiday in 2016 by the late Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Pehin Sri Haji.

Sabah Governor’s Birthday

The State of Sabah in Malaysia forms part of the states that the governor is the head of state. Each first Saturday of October, the citizens gather to celebrate Sabah Governor’s Birthday. Malaysia is a country that honours its leaders, and some of these celebrations have some historical connections. And the governor’s birthday is no exception where it brings the citizen, officials, and dignitaries of Sabah together to celebrate in a colourful ceremony.

Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar

The tradition of commemorating ‘Hari Hol’ runs back to 1896 following Sultan Abu Bakar’s death. Ever since that time, the ceremony continues to be part of the celebrations in the state of Johor. The state of Johor observes Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar as a public holiday to commemorate the Sultan’s passing.

Melaka Governor’s Birthday

The Malaysia states have their own long history that runs from way before the colonial era. Malacca is a state that holds stories of the then powerful Malay Sultanate before the coming of the Portuguese. After the ousting of the Sultan in 1511the current position of “Yang Di Pertua Negeri of Melaka” or Governor of Malacca remains with the same atmosphere. The citizen of Malacca celebrates Melaka Governor’s Birthday as a public holiday on the calendar year.

Sarawak Governor’s Birthday

In Malaysia, Sarawak is the largest state amongst the 13 states. The state’s ruler is a governor or “Yang di-Pertua Negeri”, who the King of Malaysia appoints. The citizen of Sarawak celebrates Sarawak Governor’s Birthday on the second Saturday in October. The date of the official celebration does not change with whoever is on leadership. The rulers in power saw it right to celebrate on those dates as it coincides with the 1st governor of Sarawak, Abang Haji Openg birthday. The first governor was born on 7th October 1905, marking the significance of the celebration dates.

Sultan of Pahang’s Birthday

Historically, the rulers of the Old Pahang Sultanate used this title. The title Sultan is a hereditary one. The current sultan is Al-Sultan Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah. He was proclaimed as the sixth ruler of Pahang on the 15th of January 2019. He replaced his unwell father, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah, before the latter had his last breath on the 22nd of May in the same year.

Sultan of Perak’s Birthday

Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah is the 35th Sultan of Perak. He is currently the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Sultan of Perak’s birthday is on the first Friday of November. This is so the citizens of Perak can enjoy a long and relaxing weekend. A public holiday followed by a long weekend calls for a more extended celebration and a chill weekend.

Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday

Sultan Muhammad V, born on the 6th of October 1969, is the current Sultan of Kelantan. He served as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 13 December 2016 to 6 January 2019. He was the Sultan of Kelantan on 13 September 2010, succeeding his father, who was deemed incapacitated by illness.

Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is the 9th Sultan of Selangor. His Royal Highness ascended the throne on the death of his father, on the 22nd of November 2001. Sultan of Selangor is the title of the constitutional ruler of Selangor. He is the head of state and head of the Islamic religion in Selangor. The state of Selangor has declared the 11th of December as the birthday of his Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor.

Agong’s Birthday

The Agong’s birthday in Malaysia is a national public holiday. In 2020, Yang di-Pertuan’s birthday was changed to 8 June 2020 instead of 6 June 2020. In Malaysia, the King is known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. When it is the King’s birthday, the entire country celebrates it with a nationwide public holiday. The birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan is one of the country’s biggest and grandest celebrations of the year.

Terengganu’s Arafat Day

Terengganu’s Arafat Day is a public holiday in the state of Terengganu only. On that day, schools and most businesses are closed so the public can enjoy the day off. This year, Arafat Day is celebrated on 19 July 2021. In the Islamic calendar, the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage is called Arafat Day. This is the day that comes before Eid ul-Adha, the major Islamic holiday. In the Islamic calendar, Arafat Day falls on the ninth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah. This also happens to be the final twelfth month in the Islamic calendar.