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
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).