Malaysian Culture

Dates of Significance

  • Federal Territory Day (1st of February)
  • Chinese New Year (Varies each year)
  • Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Harvest Festival (30th of May)
  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday (1st Wednesday of June)
  • Penang Governor’s Birthday (2nd Saturday of July)
  • National Day/Hari Kebangsaan (31st of August)
  • Malaysia Day (16th of September)
  • New Year’s Eve (31st of December)


Religious Days

Almost all of the religious dates below follow the lunar calendar. Therefore, their dates on the Gregorian calendar vary from year to year. They happen in the following succession:

  • Thaipusam (Hindu)
  • Easter (Christian)
  • Isra and Mi’raj (Muslim)
  • Wesak Day (Buddhist)
  • Ramadan: Month of Fasting (Muslim)
  • Nuzul Al-Quran: Revelation Day (Muslim)
  • Hari Raya Puasa: End of Ramadan (Muslim)
  • Hari Raya Haji: Feast of Sacrifice (Muslim)
  • Muharram: Islamic New Year (Muslim)
  • Diwali/Deepavali (Hindu)
  • The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Muslim)
  • Christmas (25th of December) (Christian)
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Malaysia
  • Population
    30,949,962
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Bahasa Malaysian [official]
    English
    Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow)
    Tamil
    Telugu
    Iban
    Kadazan
    Other indigenous languages
  • Religions
    Islam [official] (61.3%)
    Buddhism (19.8%)
    Christianity (9.2%)
    Hinduism (6.3%)
    Confucianism, Taoism and other traditional Chinese religions (1.3%)
    Other (0.4%)
    No Religion (0.7%)
    [2010 census]
  • Ethnicities
    Bumiputera [Malay (50.1%) & Orang Asli/indigenous (11.8%)] (61.5%)
    Chinese (22.6%)
    Indian (6.7%)
    Other (1%)
    Non-citizens (8.2%)
    [2010 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    100
    26
    50
    36
    41
    57
  • Australians with Malay Ancestry
    46,079 [2016 census]
Malaysians in Australia
  • Population
    138,364
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Malaysia.
  • Average Age
    39
  • Gender
    Males (45.5%)
    Females (54.5%)
  • Religion
    Buddhism (25.2%)
    No Religion (16.3%)
    Catholic Christianity (14.5%)
    Islam (6.2%)
    Other (37.7%)
  • Ancestry
    Chinese (62.1%)
    Malay (13.2%)
    Indian (5.8%)
    English (4.2%)
    Other (14.7%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (32.6%)
    Mandarin (24%)
    Cantonese (23.1%)
    Malay (8.1%)
    Other (12.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 92.5% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (34.2%)
    New South Wales (23.5%)
    Western Australia (21.5%)
    Queensland (11%)
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2001 (56.3%)
    2001-2006 (16.3%)
    2007-2011 (24.1%)
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