Public Holidays in Malaysia
Malaysia, a diverse and multicultural nation, is celebrated for its rich tapestry of traditions and customs. Its public holidays offer a window into this cultural mosaic, providing moments of reflection, celebration, and unity for its people.
Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid al-Fitr)
Hari Raya Aidilfitri, celebrated by Muslims, marks the end of Ramadan. It's a time for family reunions, forgiveness, and gratitude. Houses are adorned with colorful lights, and traditional dishes like rendang and ketupat are savored.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a grand celebration among the Chinese community. It brings forth a burst of red decorations, dragon and lion dances, and the giving of "ang pows" (red packets) filled with money for good luck.
Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by the Indian community. Homes are illuminated with oil lamps, and colorful rangoli designs adorn the entrances. It's a time for feasting, exchanging gifts, and seeking blessings.
Hari Merdeka (Independence Day)
Hari Merdeka, celebrated on August 31st, marks Malaysia's independence from British colonial rule in 1957. It's a day of parades, patriotic songs, and flag-raising ceremonies.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated with intense devotion. Devotees pierce their bodies with hooks and skewers as acts of penance and dedication, carrying kavadis (ornate structures) to fulfill vows.
Wesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Gautama Buddha. Buddhists visit temples, light candles, and participate in parades to honor the teachings of Buddhism.
Hari Raya Aidiladha (Eid al-Adha)
Hari Raya Aidiladha, known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims. It commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
Malaysia Day, on September 16th, commemorates the establishment of Malaysia in 1963 when Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore united to form the nation.
Gawai Dayak is celebrated by the Dayak communities of Sarawak. It's a harvest festival filled with traditional rituals, cultural performances, and merrymaking.
Christmas is celebrated by Christians across Malaysia with church services, festive decorations, and gatherings. In larger cities like Kuala Lumpur, you'll find malls adorned with dazzling displays.
These public holidays in Malaysia underscore the nation's unity in diversity. They provide a glimpse into the harmonious coexistence of different cultures, religions, and traditions. As Malaysians come together to celebrate, they strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding that define this multicultural nation. Each holiday brings its unique charm, making Malaysia a vibrant and welcoming place to experience the beauty of diversity.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Chinese New Year||February 10||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Chinese New Year Holiday||February 11||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Hari Raya Puasa / Hari Raya Aidilfitri / Eid al-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Hari Raya Puasa / Hari Raya Aidilfitri / Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 11||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Wesak Day||May 22||Wednesday||Public Holiday|