Malaysia Public Holidays - Year 2008

Federal holidays in Malaysia are nationally recognized public holidays. Additional official governmental/public holidays of each locality vary from state to state. These state or federal territory holidays typically relate to local cultural festivals or customs, or mark the birthday of the local head of state (the Sultan or governor). It's best to check beforehand when travelling to a smaller town or city for business requiring public facilities or services such as postal and government permits. The major Malaysian holidays for year 2008 are :
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New Year's Day

Tuesday, 1 January 2008
This is an internationally recognized first day of the Gregorian calendar year. In Malaysia, this is not a federal holiday, but for most purposes, it would be safer to assume offices are not opened on this day.

Awal Muharam (Islamic calendar New Year's Day)

Thursday, 10 January 2008
This is the first day of the Islamic calendar year (which is based on the lunar cycle). Awal Muharram is a federal holiday in Malaysia.

Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year

Thursday, 7 February 2008
Friday, 8 February 2008

7 February 2008 marks the start of the Chinese lunar new year. This is the year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. The previous year was that of the Pig, and the next year(2009) will be the year of the Ox.
The Malaysian Chinese New Year is similarly celebrated to the Singapore's. Most Chinese Malaysians working out of their home state or based overseas will take a long break and return to their hometowns, typically arriving a day or more before the first day. Chinese businesses especially restaurants and eateries may be closed for a week or two starting from the 1st day of the new year.

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Good Friday

Friday, 21 March 2008

Good Friday is only an official holiday in the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

Labour Day

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Wesak Day

Monday, 19 May 2008

This is also known as Vesak day in Singapore and commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha although it is often associated mainly with the Buddha's birthday.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong's (Malaysian King's) Birthday

Saturday, 7 June 2008

The Agong is the official Head of State of Malaysia and is a position effectively rotated among the nine Malay state sultans. This is a nationwide holiday, while individual states will celebrate their own Sultan's or Governor's birthdays (on their respective dates of birth).

National Day (Merdeka Day)

Sunday, 31 August 2008

31 August 2008 will mark the 51st year of independence of Malaysia (formerly known as Malaya).

Hari Raya Puasa

Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Thursday, 2 October 2008

Hari Raya Puasa is the local Malay name for the Muslim religious holiday/celebration of Eid ul-Fitr (Aidilfitri), which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.


Monday, 27 October 2008*

Deepavali, also known as Diwali or Divali, is an Indian holiday/festival celebrated by ethnic Indians, especially by followers of the religions of Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. It is also commonly called the Festival of Lights.

* This date may change and will be updated later based on the Indian almanac.

Hari Raya Qurban

Monday, 8 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Hari Raya Qurban/Korban is the local Malay name for the Muslim religious holiday/celebration of Eid ul-Adha (or Aidiladha), and is also known as Hari Raya Haji which marks the end of the pilgrimage(hajj) period. The second day of Hari Raya Haji may not be an official holiday in some states.

Christmas Day

Thursday, 25 December 2008
While Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country, it is also multi-racial and multi-religious with many Christians and Catholics. As a major Christian holiday, Christmas is celebrated as a national public holiday here.

Awal Muharam / Maal Hijrah (Islamic calendar New Year's Day)

Monday, 29 December 2008
This is the first day of the Islamic calendar year (which is based on the lunar cycle) and is a federal holiday in Malaysia.

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