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Malaysia Public Holidays

Due to its ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity, Malaysians celebrate a long list of holidays. Please keep these in mind when planning travel and business meetings.

Malaysian Holidays

A complete listing of Malaysian holidays -- including national, state, and school holidays -- is available at One Stop Malaysia’s website:

Note that it can be difficult to plan meetings during the weeks when Malaysians take extended vacation time. For Malay / Muslim business partners, it can be problematic to schedule business meetings during the fasting time of Ramadan and its joyful culmination during Hari Raya (known in the Middle East as the Eid holidays). For Chinese business partners, avoid scheduling meetings during the two weeks of the Lunar (or Chinese) New Year. Major celebrations for Malaysia’s Indian (Tamil) community are Deepavali and Thaipusam.

Official U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur Holiday Closures

The U.S. Embassy will observe the following official U.S. and Malaysian holidays. Our offices are closed on these days. Check the Embassy’s website for the most up-to-date listing: Embassy Holidays

The following is the list of holidays, which will be observed during calendar year 2019:

Holiday

Day of Observation

U.S./Malaysian

New Year's Day

January 1

Tuesday

US

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21

Monday

US

Thaipusam

January 22

Tuesday

Malaysian

Federal Territory Day

February 1

Friday

Malaysian

Chinese New Year** (2 days)

February 5 & 6

Tuesday & Wednesday

Malaysian

Washington’s Birthday

February 18

Monday

US

Workers Day

May 1

Wednesday

Malaysian

Memorial Day

May 27

Monday

US

Hari Raya Puasa** (2 days)

June 5 & 6

Wednesday & Thursday

Malaysian

Independence Day

July 4

Thursday

US

Hari Raya Qurban*

August 12

Monday

Malaysian

National Day

August 31

Saturday

Malaysian

Labor Day

September 2

Monday

US

King's Birthday

September 9

Monday

Malaysian

Malaysia Day

September 16

Monday

Malaysian

Columbus Day

October 14

Monday

US

Deepavali*

October 28

Monday

Malaysian

Veterans Day

November 11

Monday

US

Thanksgiving Day

November 28

Thursday

US

Christmas Day

December 25

Wednesday

US

* Subject to change


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