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Malaysia
Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Public Holidays

As multi-racial country with a Malay-muslim majority and large Chinese and Indian minorities, Malaysia has many public holidays. Buddhist Wesak Day, Christian Christmas, Hindu Deepavali and Muslim Eid Hari Raya Puasa are all public holidays.

It is good to keep public holidays and school holidays in mind while making your travel plans, as bus, trains and roads will be busy during that time (especially for Chinese New Year and Hari Raya at the end of Ramadan). The Muslim/Islamic holidays follow the lunar calendar. Since the lunar year has only 354 or 355 days, the holidays moves forward every year by a few days. Other holidays like Chinese New Year or Deepavali also change every year depending when the full moon appears, but are celebrated at the same time of the year. For example Chinese New Year will always be sometimes between end of JAN and end of February, while Deepavali is between end of October and end of November.

 

When are public holidays in Malaysia in 2018?
The National Holidays are highlighted, the other holidays are states holiday only.


1 Jan
Mon
New Year all except johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
14 Jan
Sun
Sultan of Negeri Sembilan's Birthday Negeri Sembilan only
21 Jan
Sun
Sultan of Kedah's Birthday Kedah only
31 Jan
Wed
 Thaipusam  Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor only
1 Feb
Thur
Federal Territory Day Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya only
16 & 17 Feb
Fri& Sat
Chinese New Year  
4 Mar
Sun
Anniversary of Installation
of Sultan of Terengganu
Terengganu only
23 Mar
Fri
Sultan of Johor's Birthday Johor only
30 Mar
Fri
Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak only
Christian Holiday
14 Apr
Sat
Israk & Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis only
15 Apr
Sun
Declaration of Malacca as
a Historical City
Malacca only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
26 Apr
Tue
Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday Terengganu only
1 May
Mon
Labour Day  
7 May
Mon
Hari Hol Pahang Pahang only
17 May
Thu
Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah & Malacca only
17 May
Thu
Raja Perlis' Birthday Perlis only
29 May
Tue
Vesak Day National
29 & 30 May
Wed & Thu
Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan only
1 & 2 June
Fri & Sat
Hari Gawai Sarawak only
2 Jun
Sat
Nuzul Al-Quran Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor and Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan) only
3 Jun
Sun
Nuzul Al-Quran Kelantan & Terengganu
15 & 16 Jun
Fri & Sat
Hari Raya Puasa End of Ramadhan
17 Jun
Sun
Hari Raya Puasa

End of Ramadhan

Johor, Kedah, Kelantan
& Terengganu

7 Jul
Sat
Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
14 Jul
Sat
Penang Governor's Birthday Penang only
22 Jul
Sun
Sarawak Independence Day Sarawak only
22 Aug
Wed
Hari Raya Haji
Hari Raya Qurban
Islamic holiday
23 Aug
Wed
Hari Raya Haji (2nd Day)  Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis & Terengganu Only
31 Aug
Fri
National Day Independence Day, Merdeka  
9 Sep
Sun
Agong's Birthday
Harijadi Agong
Malaysian King's Birthday
9 Sep
Sun
Sarawak Governor's Birthday Sarawak only
11 Sep
Tue
Awal Muharram
(Maal Hijrah)
Islamic holiday
16 Sep
Sun
Malaysia Day Sabah & Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963
17 Sep
Mon

Malaysia Day Holiday

except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan & Terengganu
6 Oct
Sat
Sabah Governor's Birthday  Sabah only
12 Oct
Fri
Malacca Governor's Birthday Malacca only
15 Oct
Mon
Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor Johor only
24 Oct
Wed
Sultan of Pahang's Birthday Pahang only
2 Nov
Fri
Sultan of Perak's Birthday Perak only
6 Nov
Tue
Deepavali 
Diwali
Hindu holiday
11 & 12 Nov
Sun & Mon
Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday Kelantan only
20 Nov
Tue
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
(Maulidur Rasul)
 
11 Dec
Tue
Sultan of Selangor's Birthday Selangor only
25 Dec
Tue
Christmas  

 




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