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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