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Public Holidays

As well as fixed secular holidays, various religious festivals (which change dates annually) are national holidays. These include Chinese New Year (in January/February), the Hindu festival of Deepavali (in October/November), the Buddhist festival of Wesak (April/May) and the Muslim festivals of Hari Raya Haji, Hari Raya Puasa, Mawlid al-Nabi and Awal Muharram (Muslim New Year).

Fixed annual holidays include the following:

New Year’s Day 1 January

Federal Territory Day 1 February (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya only)

Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday Second Saturday in March (Selangor only)

Labour Day 1 May

Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s (King’s) Birthday First Saturday in June

National Day (Hari Kebangsaan) 31 August

Christmas Day 25 December

School Holidays

Schools break for holidays five times a year. The dates vary from state to state but are generally in January (one week), March (two weeks), May (three weeks), August (one week) and October (four weeks).