Malaysia’s Public Holidays for 2023

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Malaysia’s multicultural population acknowledges a number of key holidays from a number of cultures. This includes Christmas Day, Deepavali, and the Islamic New Year.

Public holidays in Malaysia that fall on a weekend are replaced with a day off the following Monday. As a result, most Malaysians will be privy to seven long weekends in 2023.

It’s also worth noting that in the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, and Terengganu the working week is Sunday to Thursday with Friday and Saturday observed as weekends.

There are a total of 13 official federal public holidays in Malaysia though they are not universally applied. This list contains the events, dates, and states that Malaysia’s public holidays in 2023 apply to.

Malaysia’s public holidays for 2023

Malaysia’s public holiday schedule for 2023

Public Holiday

Details

Applies to

Chinese New Year

Sunday, January 22

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Chinese New Year (Day 2)

Monday, January 23

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, and Selangor.

Hari Raya Puasa

Saturday, April 22

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Hari Raya Puasa (Day 2)

Sunday, April 23

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Labour Day

Monday, May 1

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Vesak Day

Sunday, May 15

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday

Monday, June 5

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Hari Raya Qurban (Feast of Sacrifice/Aidiladha)

Thursday, June 29

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Hari Raya Qurban (Day 2)

Friday, June 30

Kelantan and Terengganu.

Awal Muharam (Maal Hijrah) [Islamic New Year]

Wednesday, July 19

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

National Day/Merdeka Day

Thursday, August 31

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Malaysia Day

Friday, September 16

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Thursday, September 28

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Deepavali

Sunday, November 12

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Selangor, and Terengganu.

Christmas Day

Monday, December 25

Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu.


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