Public Holiday 2018

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Malacca’s public holidays are mostly the same as other states. However, it does celebrate a special holiday each year for the Declaration of Melaka as a Historic City. In 2008, the historic town of Melaka was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, in celebration of that designation, a public holiday was declared.

The holiday is celebrated on April 15 with offices and businesses closing. Melaka demonstrates the early history of Malacca, starting with Malay sultanate periods of the 15th century and through the Portuguese and Dutch periods that followed.

Another public holiday unique to the state is the Malacca Governor’s Birthday. Malacca is not one of the nine royal states in Malaysia. Instead of a Sultan, the head of state in Malacca is a governor or Yang di Pertua Negeri. Malacca was an early royal state, but the monarchy was abolished when the Portuguese conquered it the state in 1511. Each year, on October 14, the Governor of Malacca’s birthday is celebrated as a public holiday.


Date Day Holiday States
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day National except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis
& Terengganu
14 Jan Sun YDPB Negeri Sembilan’s Birthday Negeri Sembilan
21 Jan Sun Sultan of Kedah’s Birthday Kedah
31 Jan Wed Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya &
1 Feb Thu Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan
& Putrajaya
16 Feb Fri Chinese New Year National
17 Feb Sat Chinese New Year Holiday National
18 Feb Sun Chinese New Year Holiday Johor, Kedah, Kelantan
& Terengganu
4 Mar Sun Installation of Sultan Terengganu Terengganu
23 Mar Fri Sultan of Johor’s Birthday Johor
30 Mar Fri Good Friday Sabah & Sarawak
14 Apr Sat Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan
& Perlis
15 Apr Sun Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City Melaka
26 Apr Thu Sultan of Terengganu’s Birthday Terengganu
1 May Tue Labour Day National
7 May Mon Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
17 May Thu Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah &
17 May Thu Raja Perlis’ Birthday Perlis
29 May Tue Wesak Day National
30 May Wed Harvest Festival Labuan & Sabah
31 May Thu Harvest Festival Holiday Labuan & Sabah
1 Jun Fri Hari Gawai Sarawak
2 Jun Sat Hari Gawai Holiday Sarawak
2 Jun Sat Nuzul Al-Quran National except Johor,
Kedah, Melaka, Negeri
Sembilan, Sabah &
15 Jun Fri Hari Raya Aidilfitri National
16 Jun Sat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday National
17 Jun Sun Hari Raya Aidilfitri Holiday Johor, Kedah, Kelantan
& Terengganu
7 Jul Sat Georgetown World Heritage City Day Penang
7 Jul Sat Penang Governor’s Birthday Penang
22 Jul Sun Sarawak Day Sarawak
28 Jul Sat Agong’s Birthday National
22 Aug Wed Hari Raya Haji National
23 Aug Thu Hari Raya Haji Holiday Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis
& Terengganu
31 Aug Fri Merdeka Day National
8 Sep Sat Sarawak Governor’s Birthday Sarawak
11 Sep Tue Awal Muharram National
16 Sep Sun Malaysia Day National
17 Sep Mon Malaysia Day Holiday National except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan &
6 Oct Sat Sabah Governor’s Birthday Sabah
12 Oct Fri Melaka Governor’s Birthday Melaka
15 Oct Mon Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Johor
24 Oct Wed Sultan of Pahang’s Birthday Pahang
2 Nov Fri Sultan of Perak’s Birthday Perak
6 Nov Tue Deepavali National except Sarawak
11 Nov Sun Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday Kelantan
12 Nov Mon Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday Holiday Kelantan
20 Nov Tue Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday National
11 Dec Tue Sultan of Selangor’s Birthday Selangor
25 Dec Tue Christmas Day National