National Holidays 2017

National holidays in May to September are:
1 May (Monday)
Labour Day, which celebrates the economic and social achievements of the world’s workers, is a national holiday for Malaysia as well as for more than 80 other countries around the world.
Chinese New Year

10 May (Wednesday)
Wesak Day, also spelt Vesak, is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates three significant events in Lord Gautama Buddha’s life – his birthday, his enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana. Buddhists offer prayers and burn joss sticks and incense as well as contribute food and donations to the needy to commemorate the occasion.
Federal Territory Day

3 June (Saturday) 
The first Saturday in June each year is the ceremonial date that celebrates the Agong’s (Malaysian King’s) Birthday.  A host of events and ceremonies are held in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur, including “Trooping of the Colour” and a rousing performance by a military band to signify the Malaysian Armed Forces' loyalty to His Majesty. 
 
Thaipusam

12 June (Monday)
Peninsular Malaysia celebrates Nuzul Al-Quran which falls on the 17th day of Ramadan and commemorates the day when the first verse of Al-Quran, Islam’s sacred book, was revealed.

25 – 27 June (Sunday – Tuesday)
Hari Raya Aidilfitri or the Festival of the Breaking of Fast marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of dawn-to-sunset fasting.

29 July (Saturday)
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s (Malaysian King’s) Official Birthday has been moved from the first Saturday of June to the last Saturday of July for the next five years under the rule of Sultan Muhammad V. A host of events and ceremonies are held in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur, including “Trooping of the Colour” and a rousing performance by a military band to signify the Malaysian Armed Forces' loyalty to His Majesty. 

31 August (Thursday)
National Day or Merdeka Day celebrates the day the Federation of Malaya gained independence from the British.

1 September (Friday) 
Hari Raya Haji, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, marks the end of the haj pilgrimage season. The day commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

16 September (Saturday) 
Malaysia Day commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963, when Malaya, Sabah (then known as North Borneo), Sarawak and Singapore came together to form Malaysia. Singapore seceded from the Federation two years later.  

22 September (Friday)
Awal Muharram, or Maal Hijrah, marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year and the migration of Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina in 622AD. Muharram, derived from the word haram, which means sinful, is considered the most sacred month; besides the holy month of Ramadan, and a time for self-evaluation and the starting point for change.