The Most Important Holidays In Malaysia In 2024
The national calendar of Malaysia Public Holidays 2024 reveals all the public holidays that will be celebrated by the people of Malaysia. However, the dates mentioned in the calendar might be subject to official changes, which are normally announced.
Malaysia Official Holidays 2024 are mostly observed by private and governmental organizations. However, the most common holiday observed in Malaysia is the National Day. It is also observed as Independence Day on the thirty-first day of August, which commemorates the independence of Malaysia. Besides, first day of May 2024 is observed as Labour day, and the Malaysian King’s birthday will be observed on the first Saturday of June 2024.
Public Holidays in Malaysia In 2024
|1st January||Monday||New Year's Day||Common local holiday||2024|
|14th January||Sunday||Birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Besar||Common local holiday||2024|
|15th January||Monday||Birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Besar observed||Common local holiday||2024|
|14th February||Wednesday||Valentine's Day||Observance||2024|
|11th February||Sunday||Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|10th February||Saturday||Chinese Lunar New Year's Day||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|7th February||Wednesday||Isra and Mi'raj||Common local holiday||2024|
|1st February||Thursday||Federal Territory Day||Common local holiday||2024|
|31st March||Sunday||Easter Sunday||Observance||2024|
|29th March||Friday||Good Friday||Common local holiday||2024|
|27th March||Wednesday||Nuzul Al-Quran||Common local holiday||2024|
|23rd March||Saturday||Birthday of the Sultan of Johor||Common local holiday||2024|
|20th March||Wednesday||March Equinox||Season||2024|
|11th March||Monday||Ramadan begins||Common local holiday||2024|
|4th March||Monday||Anniversary of the coronation of the Sultan of Terengganu||Common local holiday||2024|
|10th April||Wednesday||Hari Raya Puasa||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|11th April||Thursday||Hari Raya Puasa Day 2||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|15th April||Monday||Declaration of Malacca as Historical City||Common local holiday||2024|
|26th April||Friday||Birthday of the Sultan of Terengganu||Common local holiday||2024|
|31st May||Friday||Harvest Festival Day 2||Common local holiday||2024|
|30th May||Thursday||Harvest Festival||Common local holiday||2024|
|7th May||Tuesday||Pahang State Holiday||Common local holiday||2024|
|1st May||Wednesday||Labour Day||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|21st June||Friday||June Solstice||Season||2024|
|18th June||Tuesday||Hari Raya Haji (Day 2)||Common local holiday||2024|
|17th June||Monday||Hari Raya Haji||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|3rd June||Monday||Gawai Dayak Holiday observed||Common local holiday||2024|
|2nd June||Sunday||Gawai Dayak Holiday||Common local holiday||2024|
|1st June||Saturday||Gawai Dayak||Common local holiday||2024|
|1st June||Saturday||The Yang di-Pertuan Agong's Birthday||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|22nd July||Monday||Sarawak Independence Day||Common local holiday||2024|
|17th July||Wednesday||Birthday of the Raja of Perlis||Local holiday||2024|
|13th July||Saturday||Penang Governor's Birthday||Local holiday||2024|
|8th July||Monday||Muharram/New Year||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|7th July||Sunday||George Town World Heritage City Day||Local holiday||2024|
|12th August||Monday||Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Hol Day||Common local holiday||2024|
|31st August||Saturday||Malaysia's National Day||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|22nd September||Sunday||September Equinox||Season||2024|
|16th September||Monday||Malaysia Day||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|16th September||Monday||The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|5th October||Saturday||Birthday of the Governor of Sabah||Common local holiday||2024|
|11th October||Friday||Birthday of the Governor of Malacca||Common local holiday||2024|
|12th October||Saturday||Birthday of the Governor of Sarawak||Common local holiday||2024|
|24th October||Thursday||Birthday of the Sultan of Pahang||Common local holiday||2024|
|12th November||Tuesday||Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan (Day 2)||Common local holiday||2024|
|11th November||Monday||Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan||Common local holiday||2024|
|1st November||Friday||Birthday of the Sultan of Perak||Common local holiday||2024|
|11th December||Wednesday||Birthday of the Sultan of Selangor||Common local holiday||2024|
|21st December||Saturday||December Solstice||Season||2024|
|24th December||Tuesday||Christmas Eve||Observance||2024|
|25th December||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Federal Public Holiday||2024|
|31st December||Tuesday||New Year's Eve||Observance||2024|
Some Important Holidays In Malaysia In 2024
New Year's Day
New Year's Day, also simply called New Year or New Year's, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. Whilst most solar calendars (like the Gregorian and Julian) begin the year regularly at or near the northern winter solstice, the start of the new year in cultures that observe a lunisolar or lunar calendar (such as the Chinese New Year and the Islamic New Year) happen at less fixed points relative to the solar year.
In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. From Roman times until the middle of the eighteenth century, the new year was celebrated at various stages and in various parts of Christian Europe on 25 December, on 1 March, on 25 March and on the movable feast of Easter.
In the present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their civil calendar, 1 January according to that calendar is among the most celebrated public holidays in the world, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. Other global New Year's Day traditions include making New Year's resolutions and calling one's friends and family.
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Labour Day (Labor Day in the United States) is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
For most countries, Labour Day is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers' Day, which occurs on 1 May. For other countries, Labour Day is celebrated on a different date, often one with special significance for the labour movement in that country. Labour Day is a public holiday in many countries.
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Gawai Dayak is an annual festival celebrated by the Dayak people in Sarawak, Malaysia and West Kalimantan, Indonesia on 1 and 2 June. It is a public holiday in Sarawak and is both a religious and a social occasion recognised since 1957.
Gawai Dayak was the concept of the radio producers Tan Kingsley and Owen Liang taken up by the Dayak community. The British colonial government refused to recognise Dayak Day until 1962. They called it Sarawak Day for the inclusion of all Sarawakians as a national day, regardless of ethnic origin.
On 1 June 1963, Datuk Michael Buma, a Betong native, hosted the celebrations of the first Gawai Dayak at his home at Siol Kandis, Kuching. On 25 September 1964, Sarawak Day was gazetted as a public holiday acknowledging the formation of the Federation of Malaysia. The holiday was first celebrated on 1 June 1965 and it became a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community. It is an integral part of Dayak social life. It is a thanksgiving day marking a bountiful harvest and a time to plan for the new farming season or other endeavours ahead.
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Isra and Mi'raj
The Israʾ and Miʿraj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج, al-’Isrā’ wal-Miʿrāj) are the two parts of a Night Journey that, according to Islam, the Islamic prophet Muhammad (570–632) took during a single night around the year 621. Within Islam it signifies both a physical and spiritual journey. A brief sketch of the story is in the Quran surah al-Isra, while greater detail is found in the hadith, later collections of the reports, teachings, deeds and sayings of Muhammad. In the Israʾ part of the journey, Muhammad is said to have travelled on the back of the winged steed Buraq to "the farthest mosque" where he leads other prophets in prayer. In the next part of the journey, the Mi'raj, he ascends into heaven where he speaks to God, who gives Muhammad instructions to take back to the faithful regarding the details of prayer. The journey and ascent are marked as one of the most celebrated dates in the Islamic calendar.
|Despite most of the festivals being identified with a particular ethnic or religious group, festivities are often participated in by all Malaysians. One example of this is the celebration of Kongsi Raya which is used when Hari Raya Puasa and Chinese New Year coincide. The term Kongsi Raya (which means "sharing the celebration" in Malay) was coined because of the similarity between the word kongsi and the Chinese New Year greeting of Gong xi fa cai. Similarly, the portmanteau Deepa Raya was coined when Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali coincided. |
A practice known as "open house" (rumah terbuka) is common during the festivities, especially during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali, Chinese New Year and Christmas. Open house means that all well-wishers are received and that everyone regardless of background is invited to attend. Open houses are normally held at the home of the host and food are also prepared by the host, however, there are also open houses held at larger public venues especially when hosted by government agencies or corporations. Also during the festivities, most Malaysians would take the time off work or school to return to their hometowns to celebrate the festivities with their extended relatives. This practice is commonly known as balik kampung and usually causes traffic jams on most highways in the country.
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