Faces of
Malaysia
Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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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 celebrated sometime between end of January and end of February, while Deepavali falls between end of October and end of November.

Also note that when holidays fall on a sunday then the next monday will be the off day. In the more conservative muslim states of Terengganu and Kelantan were friday is the the week's off day, holidays that fall on a friday will result in a off day on monday.

 

When are public holidays in Malaysia in 2019?
The National Holidays are highlighted, the other holidays are states holiday only.


1 Jan
Tue
New Year all except johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu
14 Jan
Mon
Sultan of Negeri Sembilan's Birthday Negeri Sembilan only
20 Jan
Sun
Sultan of Kedah's Birthday Kedah only
21 Jan
Mon
 Thaipusam  Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Penang & Selangor only
1 Feb
Fri
Federal Territory Day Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya only
5 & 6 Feb
Tue & Wed
Chinese New Year  
4 Mar
Mon
Anniversary of Installation
of Sultan of Terengganu
Terengganu only
23 Mar
Sat
Sultan of Johor's Birthday Johor only
3 Apr
Wed
Israk & Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan & Perlis only
15 Apr
Mon
Declaration of Malacca as
a Historical City
Malacca only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
19 Apr
Fri
Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak only
Christian Holiday
26 Apr
Fri
Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday Terengganu only
1 May
Wed
Labour Day  
6 May
Mon
Awal Ramadan The beginning of the fasting month Ramadhan
Johor, Kedah & Malacca only
7 May
Tue
Hari Hol Pahang Pahang only
19 May
Sun
Vesak Day National
20 May
Monday
Vesak Day Holiday National except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan& Terengganu
22 May
Wed
Nuzul Al-Quran National except Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah & Sarawak
17 May
Thu
Raja Perlis' Birthday Perlis only
30 & 31 May
Thu & Fri
Harvest Festival Sabah & Labuan only
1 - 3 June
Sat - Mon
Hari Gawai Sarawak only
5 & 6 Jun
Wed & Thu
Hari Raya Puasa End of Ramadhan
7 Jul
Sun
Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang only
UNESCO World Heritage listing
8 Jul
Mon
Georgetown World Heritage City Day Holiday Penang only
Monday is off since the holiday fell on sunday
13 Jul
Sat
Penang Governor's Birthday Penang only
17 Jul
Wed
Raja Perlis' Birthday Perlis only
22 Jul
Mon
Sarawak Independence Day Sarawak only
11 Aug
Sun
Hari Raya Haji
Hari Raya Qurban
Islamic holiday
12 Aug
Sun
Hari Raya Haji Holiday
Hari Raya Qurban
Monday is off since the holiday fell on sunday
31 Aug
Sat
National Day Independence Day, Merdeka  
1 Sep
Sun
Awal Muharram
(Maal Hijrah)
Islamic holiday
2 Sep
Mon
Merdeka Day Holiday Kelantan & Terengganu only
Monday is off since Merdeka fell on a friday
2 Sep
Mon
Awal Muharram
(Maal Hijrah)
Islamic holiday
2 Sep
Mon
Awal Muharram Holiday
(Maal Hijrah)
National except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan & Terengganu
Monday is off since the holiday fell on a sunday
9 Sep
Mon
Agong's Birthday
Harijadi Agong
Malaysian King's Birthday
16 Sep
Mon
Malaysia Day Sabah & Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963
5 Oct
Sat
Sabah Governor's Birthday  Sabah only
5 Oct
Sat
Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Johor Johor only
11 Oct
Fri
Malacca Governor's Birthday Malacca only
12 Oct
Sat
Sarawak Governor's Birthday Sarawak only
24 Oct
Thu
Sultan of Pahang's Birthday Pahang only
27 Nov
Thu
Deepavali 
Diwali
Hindu holiday, National Public Holiday (except Sarawak)
27 Nov
Thu
Deepavali  Holiday
Diwali
Monday is off since the Deepavali fell on a sunday
1 Nov
Fri
Sultan of Perak's Birthday Perak only
9 Nov
Sat
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
(Maulidur Rasul)
National Holiday
10 Nov
Sun
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
(Maulidur Rasul)
Kelantan & Terengganu only
Sunday is off since the holiday fell on a saturday
11 Nov
Mon
Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday Kelantan only
11 Dec
Wed
Sultan of Selangor's Birthday Selangor only
25 Dec
Wed
Christmas  

 




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