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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 (known in India as Diwali or Divali) 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: http://malaysia.usembassy.gov/holidays2014.html

2014 U.S. Embassy Holidays

Official Date

Date Observed

Day

Holiday

Country

January 1

Jan 1

Wednesday

New Year's Day

U.S.

January 17

Jan 17

Friday

Thaipusam

Malaysia

3rd Monday in January

Jan 20

Monday

Martin Luther King's B'day

U.S.

January 31 & February 1

Jan 31 & Feb 3

Friday & Monday

Chinese New Year

Malaysia

February 1

Feb 3

Monday

Federal Territory Day

Malaysia

3rd Monday in February

Feb 17

Monday

Washington's B'day

U.S.

May 1

May 1

Thursday

Workers Day

Malaysia

May 13

May 13

Tuesday

Wesak Day

Malaysia

Last Monday in May

May 26

Monday

Memorial Day

U.S.

June 7

June 7

Saturday

King's Birthday

Malaysia

July 4

July 4

Friday

Independence Day

U.S.

July 28 & 29*

July 28 & 29*

Monday & Tuesday

Hari Raya Puasa

Malaysia

1st Monday in September

Sept 1

Monday

Labor Day

U.S. 

August 31

Sept 1

Monday

National Day

Malaysia

September 16

Sept 16

Tuesday

Malaysia Day

Malaysia

October 5*

Oct 6*

Monday

Hari Raya Qurban

Malaysia

2nd Monday in October

Oct 13

Monday

Columbus Day

U.S.

October 23*

Oct 23*

Thursday

Deepavali

Malaysia

November 11

Nov 11

Tuesday

Veterans Day

U.S.

4th Thursday in November

Nov 27

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

U.S.

December 25

Dec 25

Thursday

Christmas Day

U.S.

* Subject to change