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Holidays and gift giving occasions in Malaysia

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate in Malaysia, and there are plenty of chances to do so, as the country has among the most public holidays in the world. When you’re celebrating a bank holiday, parcels aren’t collected or delivered, so if you’re sending to Malaysia around the dates below remember to factor in a couple of extra days for your parcel to be delivered.

Date Day Holiday
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year's Day
Jan 14 Tuesday Birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Besar
Jan 25 Saturday Chinese Lunar New Year's Day
Jan 26 Sunday Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year
Jan 27 Monday Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year
Feb 1 Saturday Federal Territory Day
Feb 8 Saturday Thaipusam
Feb 14 Friday Valentine's Day
Feb 21 Friday Maha Shivaratri
Mar 4 Wednesday Anniversary of the coronation of the Sultan of Terengganu
Mar 10 Tuesday Holi
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox
Mar 22 Sunday Isra and Mi'raj
Mar 23 Monday Birthday of the Sultan of Johor
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday
Apr 15 Wednesday Declaration of Malacca as Historical City
Apr 24 Friday Ramadan begins
Apr 26 Sunday Birthday of the Sultan of Terengganu
May 1 Friday Labour Day
May 7 Thursday Wesak Day
May 7 Thursday Pahang State Holiday
May 10 Sunday Nuzul Al-Quran
May 24 Sunday Hari Raya Puasa
May 25 Monday Hari Raya Puasa Day 2
May 26 Tuesday Hari Raya Puasa
May 30 Saturday Harvest Festival
May 31 Sunday Harvest Festival Day 2
Jun 1 Monday Harvest Festival Day 2 observed
Jun 1 Monday Gawai Dayak
Jun 2 Tuesday Gawai Dayak Holiday
Jun 21 Sunday June Solstice
Jul 7 Tuesday George Town World Heritage City Day
Jul 11 Saturday Penang Governor's Birthday
Jul 17 Friday Birthday of the Raja of Perlis
Jul 22 Wednesday Sarawak Independence Day
Jul 31 Friday Hari Raya Haji
Aug 1 Saturday Hari Raya Haji (Day 2)
Aug 2 Sunday Hari Raya Haji holiday
Aug 3 Monday Raksha Bandhan
Aug 11 Tuesday Janmashtami
Aug 20 Thursday Muharram/New Year
Aug 22 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi
Aug 31 Monday Malaysia's National Day
Sep 9 Wednesday The Yang di-Pertuan Agong's Birthday
Sep 16 Wednesday Malaysia Day
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox
Sep 24 Thursday Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Hol Day
Oct 3 Saturday Birthday of the Governor of Sabah
Oct 9 Friday Birthday of the Governor of Malacca
Oct 10 Saturday Birthday of the Governor of Sarawak
Oct 17 Saturday Navaratri
Oct 24 Saturday Birthday of the Sultan of Pahang
Oct 25 Sunday Dussehra
Oct 29 Thursday The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Nov 6 Friday Birthday of the Sultan of Perak
Nov 11 Wednesday Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan
Nov 12 Thursday Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan (Day 2)
Nov 14 Saturday Diwali/Deepavali
Dec 11 Friday Birthday of the Sultan of Selangor
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day
Dec 31 Thursday New Year's Eve