National Holidays 2015

Public holidays to be observed in Quarter 4 2015 are:
14 October 2015 (Wednesday)
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.
Awal Muharram

10 November 2015 (Tuesday)
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 are to guide Lakshmi to their homes.

24 December 2015 (Thursday)
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.
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
25 December 2015 (Friday)
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.
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