When it comes to public holidays, Malaysia is among one of the countries with the most public holidays. Hence, being equipped with the knowledge of Malaysia public holidays is a good idea before you plan your vacation to the country.
Schools, government offices and businesses close during public holidays, the latter including banks, post offices and utilities companies. Shopping malls and complexes, restaurants and food outlets stay open 24/7 all year round, however.
Below is the 2013 scheduled national public holidays for your reference:
01 New Year's Day - Tuesday
24 Prophet Muhammad's Birthday - Thursday
27 Thaipusam - Sunday (Replacement on Monday)
10 Chinese Lunar New Year Day 1 - Sunday (Replacement on Tuesday)
11 Chinese Lunar New Year Day 2 - Monday
01 Labour Day - Wednesday
24 Wesak Day - Friday
01 Yang di-Pertuan Agong's Birthday - Saturday
26 Nuzul Al-Quran - Friday
08 Hari Raya Puasa Day 1 - Thursday
09 Hari Raya Puasa Day 2 - Friday
31 National Day - Saturday
16 Malaysia Day - Monday (Latest addition since 2010)
15 Hari Raya Haji - Tuesday
03 Deepavali - Sunday (Replacement on Monday)
05 Awal Muharram - Tuesday
25 Christmas - Wednesday
If you are a regular visitor to Kuala Lumpur and/or the Klang Valley, the following two public holidays may be useful to know:
01 Federal Territory Day - Friday
11 Sultan Selangor's Birthday - Wednesday
Public schools in Malaysia close four times a year per schedule below for 2013:
- Mar 23 to 31 (9 days)
- May 25 to Jun 9 (16 days)
- Aug 07 to 18 (12 days)
- Nov 16 to Jan 1, 2014 (47 days)
The above is good to take note of too as local holiday destinations would also be heavily-booked. Best to make advance reservations to avoid disappointment.
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