Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, is the go-to place of the budget traveler. But be sure to not overlook the holidays when planning for your trip as businesses may be closed just when you need them (fancy an emergency passport renewal during the Lebaran, or the day before the end of Ramadan?).
New Year’s Day – Celebrated by Christians in Muslim-majority country, and although not a public holiday, this day is considered a bank holiday.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – A sacred festival among the devout Muslim’s and a national holiday, this day commemorates the birth of Islam’s greatest prophet and is celebrated as a day to read the Qur’an, to keep in mind the teachings of Muhammad, and to emulate his life.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Hari Wilayah Persekutuan
Federal Territory Day – is a state (and bank) holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, considered as the Federal Territory of Malaysia. This day commemorates the day when Selangor ceded the aforementioned territories to Malaysia on February 1, 1974.
Friday, 1 February 2013
The Chinese New Year – Malaysia is home to a significant Chinese population, and where there are Chinese, there are their traditions. The Chinese New Year is just one of these traditions in the Malaysia calendar 2013 and is considered a national holiday. This celebrates the coming of the second day of the lunar year. This is the Chinese equivalent of the arrival of spring.
Monday, 11 February 2013
Good Friday – In the Christendom, Good Friday commemorates the death of the Savior in the cross. In Malaysia, where Muslims outnumber Christians by the ten-folds, Good Friday is an observance among the devout.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Easter Sunday – Along with Good Friday, Easter Sunday is a highly Catholic and Christian tradition, and as such, considered not as national holidays but merely observances. Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ three days after his death.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Labor Day – Malaysians also honor the value of labor and its workforce on this day, just like in other countries with sizable industries.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday
The King’s Birthday-Literally meaning ‘He who is made Lord,’ Yang di-Pertuan celebrates the date of birth of Malaysia’s head of state, who is an elected monarch (Malaysia is one of the few remaining countries with elected monarchy).
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Hari Raya Puasa
The End of Ramadan – Fasting is a spiritual requirement among the Muslims, and the end of Ramadan signals the end of cleansing and the beginning of a ‘clean slate.’
Thursday, 8 August 2013
National Day – This is a public holiday celebrating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from the British in August 31, 1957.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
Malaysia Day – This day commemorates the formation of the Malaysian federation founded in 1963. This day marks the coming together of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore (although this last eventually ceded from the federation).
Monday, 16 September 2013
Hari Raya Haji
The Pilgrimage Festival – Every Muslim is obliged to complete a pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime. Hari Raya Haji, a national holiday in Malaysia calendar 2013, is usually celebrated upon the return of the faithful from the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Christmas Eve and Day – The Christians among Malaysia’s Muslim celebrate the birth of their savior on this day. This is one of the few Christian traditions that is considered a national holiday.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Category: Malaysia Holidays