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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/holidays.html

2015 U.S. Embassy Holidays

Official Date

Date Observed

Day

Holiday

Country

January 1

Jan 1

Thursday

New Year's Day

U.S.

January 19 3rd Monday in January

Jan 19

Monday

Martin Luther King's B'day

U.S.

February 1

Feb 2

Monday

Federal Territory Day

Malaysia

February 3

Feb 3

Tuesday

Thaipusam

Malaysia

3rd Monday in February

Feb 16

Monday

Washington's B'day

U.S.

February 19 & 20

Feb 19 & 20

Thursday & Friday

Chinese New Year

Malaysia

May 1

May 1

Friday

Workers Day

Malaysia

May 3

May 4

Monday

Wesak Day

Malaysia

Last Monday in May

May 25

Monday

Memorial Day

U.S.

June 6

June 6

Saturday

King's Birthday

Malaysia

July 4

July 3

Friday

Independence Day

U.S.

July 17 & 18*

July 17 & 18*

Friday & Saturday

Hari Raya Puasa

Malaysia

August 31

Aug 31

Monday

National Day

Malaysia

1st Monday in September

Sept 7

Monday

Labor Day

U.S.

September 16

Sept 16

Wednesday

Malaysia Day

Malaysia

September 24*

Sept 24*

Thursday

Hari Raya Qurban

Malaysia

2nd Monday in October

Oct 12

Monday

Columbus Day

U.S.

November 10*

Nov 10*

Tuesday

Deepavali

Malaysia

November 11

Nov 11

Tuesday

Veterans Day

U.S.

4th Thursday in November

Nov 26

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

U.S.

December 25

Dec 25

Friday

Christmas Day

U.S.

* Subject to change


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