Malaysia: Holidays                                                    

Christmas (December 25th)

A Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ

New Year’s Day (January 1st)

A celebration of the beginning of the new year

Hari Raya Puasa (Ramadan)

A celebration marking the end of a Muslim month of fasting and abstinence


A day of consecration to the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan

Chinese New Year (January/ February)  

An important festival for the Chinese is ushered in by lighting fire crackers at midnight on the eve of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Wesak Day (May 25)

An important date on the Buddhist calendar that marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha

Kaamatan Festival (May 1-31)

Kaamatan or “Harvest Festival” is celebrated by the Kadazans/Dusuns in thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Gawai Festival (end of May or early June)

The Ibans and Bidayuhs of Sarawak celebrate the end of padi (rice) harvesting season with much merry-marking, dancing and drinking of tuak, a potent rice wine.

Festival of San Pedro (June 24-26)

An event to celebrate the birthday of the patron saint of fishermen, San Pedro. The fishing boats are colorfully decorated for the festival, are blessed and prayers are offered for a good fishing.

Flora Festival (July)

Malaysia, with year-round sunshine and high humidity, provides the ideal climate conditions for a rich plant life—amongst them a number of flowering species. Every year, in July, the “Flora Fest” is held to celebrate the beauty of Malaysia’s blooms with various floral-themed events and competitions.

Malaysia Festival (September)

Pesta Malaysia or “Malaysia Fest” is a 2-week event held in September of every year. It was first held in 1987 and aims to celebrate Malaysian culture, crafts and cuisine.

Mooncake Festival (September)

A day to celebrate the overthrow of the Mongols during the end of the Yuan Dynasty (120-1341 AD) in China. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th moon. The festival is celebrated with colorful night-time lantern processions.

Deepavali (late October or early November) 

Deepavali or “The Festival of Lights” is celebrated during the 7th month of the Hindu calendar. Hindus celebrate it by adorning their homes with dozens of lights or oil lamps, called vikku, to signify the triumph of good over evil, and thus light over darkness.