Public and School Holidays for 2016 in Malaysia
|New Year's Day||January 1||Celebrated across the world in all different unique fashion, New Year’s Day marks the first day of the new year and bidding farewell to the last|
|School Year||January 4||Usually on the first Monday of January, this marks the start of the national school term for students in primary and secondary schools.|
|Thaipoosam Cavadee||January 23||This festival is celebrated by Hindus to mark the conclusion of a 10day fasting period and observed with devotees involved in body piercing to show commitment and faith.|
|Federal Territory Day||February 1||Observed in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, this is to commemorate the cities being significant locations as the national capital, administrative centre and financial hub respectively.|
|Chinese New Year||February 8 & 9||Observed by Chinese across the world, it marks the first day of the lunar new year and celebrated for 15 days ending with Chap Goh Mei (not a public holiday). It starts on the eve of the first day with a reunion dinner planned for everyone in the family.|
|Labour Day||May 1||An important day to celebrate and appreciate those in the work force. Some quarters have called it workers’ day as labour was deemed to be insensitive to the employees.|
|Wesak Day||May 21||Celebrated by Buddhists across the world, it is to commemorate 3 very important events of Gautama Buddha’s life which is his birthday, the day he found his enlightenment and his death anniversary.|
|Birthday of His Majesty, the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong||June 4||A day to celebrate the birthday of the King of Malaysia, the constitutional head of the country. The exact days differ each year but usually falls in the early parts of June.|
|Nurul Quran||June 22||This day commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad and is celebrated in federal territories and most Malaysian states.|
|Hari Raya Puasa||July 6 & 7||Known as Eid-Mubarak, Hari Raya Puasa (Aidilfitri) is celebrated for 30 days to celebrate the end of the fasting month prior to this.|
|Hari Merdeka||August 31||The independence day celebration of Malaysia to commemorate the country being free from foreign ruling in 1957.|
|Hari Raya Haji||September 12 & 13||This marks the end of the haj pilgrimage season observed by Muslims who perform their haj in Mecca.|
|Malaysia Day||September 16||This holiday celebrates the day the Malaysian federation was established with the inclusion of East Malaysian states. This holiday was formerly celebrated only in Sabah and Sarawak and only was declared a national public holiday in 2010.|
|Awal Muharram||October 2||Known as Maal Hijrah, it is observed by Muslims which enters a new year in the Muslim calendar.|
|Deepavali||October 29||Observed by Hindus across the world, the celebration known as Diwali is to commemorate the ‘Festival of Lights’ when Lord Rama returned after 14 years of exile to his wife.|
|Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday||December 12||Observed during the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, it is known as Maulud Nabi which falls on the third month of the Muslim calendar.|
|Christmas||December 25||This day is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, a season to remember the importance of giving and sacrifice.|
|School Public Holiday|
|School Holiday||Term 1||Mar 12 - March 20|
|School Holiday||Term 2||May 28 - June 12|
|School Holiday||Term 3||Sep 10 - Sep 18|
|School Holiday||Term 4||Nov 26 - January 1|
Malaysia celebrates many holidays which are observed in both the national and state levels. This means that those in the former will be observed throughout the country while the latter ones are observed in their respective states.
On January 1st, the country celebrates New Year’s Day which ushers in 2016. 1st February is Federal Territory’s Day which is observed by Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. In 2016, the first day of Chinese New Year is on February 8th with public holidays stretching for 2 days that include 9th of February.
There are no public holidays in the months of March and April until May when Labour Day is celebrated on the 1st of May. On the 21st of May, Buddhists celebrate Wesak Day. A month later, the King’s Birthday is celebrated on the 4th of June and Muslims begin their fasting month at the beginning of this month.
Hari Raya Puasa is expected to come around on the 6th and 7th of July. The country then celebrates Merdeka (National) Day on the 31st of August and Malaysia Day on the 16th of September. On September 12th, Hari Raya Haji is commemorated and lsts for two days. This is then followed by Awal Muharram October 2nd and Deepavali on 29rd October. This is followed by the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday which comes on December 12th. After that, there are no national public holidays until Christmas which falls on the 25th of December.
As for school holidays, the schools are closed for a week in March between the 12nd and 20th while in May, there will school holidays from the 30th to the 12th of June. In September, the schools close for another week between the 17th and 25th before ending the year with the long break between 19nd November until the first of January 2015.
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