National Holidays 2016

National holidays in October to December 2016 are:
29 October (Saturday)
Deepavali, or Diwali, celebrates the return of Lord Rama and his wife, Sita, to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. As it was a dark night when they returned, Hindus light up their houses with little lamps (diyas) so they can find their way. For some (Hindus), Deepavali is also known as the Festival of Lights in honour of the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and the diyas is to guide Lakshmi to their homes. Visitors can feel the festivities at Kuala Lumpur’s very own “Little India” in Brickfields where a pre-Deepavali carnival will be held in the weeks leading to the celebration.

12 December (Monday)
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday is commemorated by Muslims during the month of Rabi’ al-awwal (third month of the Muslim calendar). Also known as Maulud Nabi in Malaysia, the day is commonly marked by religious lectures and Quran reading.
25 December (Sunday)
 [Monday, 26 December Replacement]
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas has evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, and a time for family and friends to gather and exchange gifts, as a way to mark sharing of blessings.

Upcoming National Holidays