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Malaysia : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Ringgit (MYR)
  • Banks are open on the second and the fourth Saturday of the month.
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  • Weekend: Saturday afternoon & Sunday (in Kelantan and Terengganu: Thursday afternoon & Friday)
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    Thursday september 28, 2023Maulidur Rasul /Prophet's Anniversary (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday january 1, 2024New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday january 2, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday february 10, 2024Chinese New YearSecular holiday
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    Monday february 12, 2024Chinese New YearSecular holiday
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    Wednesday february 14, 2024Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Maulidur Rasul /Prophet's Anniversary (may be changed to the nearest day)

    Thursday september 28, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet. Then 7,000 angels brought a golden vase filled with heavenly dew, and his mother bathed the new baby in it. Many stories like these are told to Arab children on the Prophet's Birthday, the happiest day in the Moslem year.

    Christmas Day

    Monday december 25, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    New Year's Day

    Monday january 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Mid-term holiday (end)

    Tuesday january 2, 2024
    School holidays :
    Applies to Group B (Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Johore, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, KL, Labuan, Putrajaya)
    no school on Saturday & Sunday
    School uniform (for girls: baju kurung) required
    QS Best Student Cities rating for Kuala-Lumpur: #28
    University of Malaya ranking: Times Higher Education #59/QS ranking #114/Shanghai #401-500 University of Science, Malaysia ranking: Times Higher Education #601-800/QS ranking #264/Shanghai (2023) #401-500

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    Chinese New Year

    Saturday february 10, 2024
    Secular holiday : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Chinese New Year

    Monday february 12, 2024
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    Valentine's Day

    Wednesday february 14, 2024
    cards/flowers : In 2005, a National Fatwa Council issued an edict saying Valentine’s Day was forbidden in Islam because it has Christian elements that go against the teachings of Islam. But not all Muslim groups agree with this strict line.