Malaysian Public Holidays 2022: We Found The Best Month For A Long Holiday

Public holidays give us a break in more ways than one!  Here, we created the ultimate guide to find the best time to go for your dream holiday based on Malaysian public holidays 2022.

Ever heard about Malaysia having among the highest number of public holidays compared to other countries in the region and around the world? This is, indeed, true!

Those working in Malaysia enjoy federal public holidays and a few extra holidays observed by individual states and federal territories.

Malaysian Public Holidays 2022

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On average, the number of public holidays in Malaysia comes up to 19 days.  The global average for public holidays in a country is 11 days.

Fun fact: Norway has the fewest public holidays with only two days off. (Then again, Norway has the biggest sovereign wealth fund in the world and education, even in public universities, is free to students of any origin.)

Malaysian employees are also entitled to paid annual leave, which ranges from 8 days to 16 days, depending on the employer. To maximise your holiday travel days, schedule your annual leave around public holidays in 2022.

Note that if the public holiday falls on a Sunday, you will probably get the following Monday off. If the public holiday falls on a Saturday (where Saturday is a non-working day), it depends on your company’s policy if you get the preceding Friday or following Monday off.

Keep in mind that the actual date for some public holidays 2022 will only be confirmed closer to the event. These include:

  • Hari Raya Puasa aka Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid al-fitr on 3 May and 4 May
  • Deepavali on 24 October
  • Dates for state holidays may also change

 

plan Early for the best holiday

Covid-19 travel restrictions have made one thing clear. It is time to go for that dream holiday when borders reopen, and international movement is quarantine-free and entirely up to you. Things are still fluid at this point and much depends on whether the coronavirus outbreak can be address by vaccination programmes.

But there is good news! There are already countries that don’t impose quarantines on inbound travellers.

By planning early, you can maximise the duration of your holiday in 2022 and head to the dream destination on your bucket list.

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Penang street art is always fun and perfect for Instagram.

Which is the best month for a holiday in 2022?

Malaysia has 14 federal public holidays. Based on the prime minister’s office (PMO) list of national public holidays in 2022, May is the best month to plan a holiday.

With some annual leave taken around the Labour Day and Hari Raya Aidilfitri public holidays, you can easily get a week off for your travels.

Calendar 2022  Malaysia Public Holidays

Month Date Day Public Holiday
February 1 Tuesday Chinese New Year Day 1
2 Wednesday Chinese New Year Day 2
May 1 Sunday Labour Day
3 Tuesday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Day 1
4 Wednesday Hari Raya Aidilfitri Day 2
15 Sunday Wesak Day
June 6 Monday Agong’s birthday
July 10 Sunday Hari Raya Puasa
30 Saturday Awal Muharam
August 31 Wednesday Merdeka Day
September 16 Friday Malaysia Day
October 9 Sunday Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
24 Monday Deepavali
December 25 Sunday Christmas

*Kelantan and Terengganu have two public holidays for Hari Raya Puasa

 

What about the other Malaysian public holidays?

Let’s look at public holidays observed by each state and federal territory in the country.

To make it easy for our readers across the country, we listed public holidays observed in groups of two states.

Holiday Malaysia 2022: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor

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Get to know a side of Malaysia that is rarely seen and make that short trip to visit the indigenous Mah Meri tribe in Pulau Carey.

 

There are 17 and 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, respectively:

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day
  • 18 (Tues) – Thaipusam

February

  • 1 (Tues) – Federal Territory Day / Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

April

  • 19 (Tue) – Nuzul Al-Quran

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

December

  • 11 (Sun) – Sultan Selangor’s Birthday (holiday in Selangor)
  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Public Holidays 2022: Penang and Melaka

Melaka-stadthuys
The Stadthuys in Malacca is a popular spot for tourists

 

There are 19 public (federal and state) holidays in Penang. Ideal months for a holiday are May and July, which have 4 public holidays each.

There are 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Melaka. Ideal months for a holiday are May and August.

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day
  • 18 (Tues) – Thaipusam (holiday in Penang)

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

April

  • 3 (Sun) – First Day of Ramadan (holiday in Melaka)
  • 15 (Fri) – Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City (holiday in Melaka)
  • 19 (Tue) – Nuzul Al-Quran (holiday in Penang)

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 7 (Thu) – George Town UNESCO World Heritage Day (holiday in Penang)
  • 9 (Sat) – Governor of Penang’s Birthday (holiday in Penang)
  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 24 (Wed) – Melaka Governor’s Birthday
  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

December

  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

 

Holiday Malaysia 2022: Perak and Pahang

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Pangkor Island in Perak is a great spot for a weekend getaway

 

There are 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Perak. Ideal months for a long holiday are February and May.

There are also 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Pahang. The ideal month for a long holiday is May.

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day
  • 18 (Tues) – Thaipusam (holiday in Perak)

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

April

  • 19 (Tue) – Nuzul Al-Quran

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day
  • 22 (Sun) – Hari Hol (holiday in Pahang)

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam
  • 30 (Sat) – Sultan of Pahang’s Birthday (holiday in Pahang)

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

November

  • 4 (Fri) – Sultan of Perak’s Birthday (holiday in Perak)

December

  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Public Holidays 2022: Johor and Negri Sembilan

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Iskandar Malaysia has theme parks, shopping outlets and beaches.

 

There are 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Johor and Negri Sembilan. For both states, May is the best month for a break.

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day (holiday in Negri Sembilan)
  • 14 (Fri) – Sultan of Negri Sembilan’s birthday (holiday in Negri Sembilan)
  • 18 (Tues) – Thaipusam

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

March

  • 1 (Tues) – Isra and Miraj (holiday in Negeri Sembilan)
  • 23 (Wed) – Sultan of Johor’s Birthday (holiday in Johor)

April

  • 3 (Sun) – First Day of Ramadan (holiday in Johor)

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 3 (Sat) – Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (holiday in Johor)
  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

December

  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Holiday Malaysia 2022: Kedah and Perlis

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Gua Kelam in Perlis is rich in history. It is also an easy walk and suitable for beginners.

 

There are 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Kedah and Perlis. May is the best month for a long holiday in both states.

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

March

  • 1 (Tues) – Isra and Miraj

April

  • 3 (Sun) – First Day of Ramadan (holiday in Kedah)
  • 19 (Tue) – Nuzul Al-Quran (holiday in Perlis)

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day
  • 17 (Tue) – Sultan on Perlis’s birthday (holiday in Perlis)

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday
  • 19 (Sun) – Sultan of Kedah’s birthday (holiday in Kedah)

July

  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa Day 1
  • 11 (Mon) – Hari Raya Puasa Day 2
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

December

  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Public Holidays 2022: Kelantan and Terengganu

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Wau bulan is said to resembles a rising crescent moon. It is a popular pastime in Kelantan.

 

There are 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Kelantan. Meanwhile, Terengganu has 20 public holidays. March and May are good months for a long holiday in Terengganu.

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

March

  • 1 (Tues) – Isra and Miraj (holiday in Terengganu)
  • 4 (Fri) – Anniversary of the coronation of the Sultan of Terengganu (holiday in Terengganu)

April

  • 19 (Tue) – Nuzul Al-Quran
  • 26 (Tue) – Sultan of Terengganu’s birthday (holiday in Terengganu)

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 9 (Sat) – Hari Arafah (holiday in Terengganu)
  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

November

  • 11 (Friday) – Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday (holiday in Kelantan)
  • 12 (Sat) – Sultan of Kelantan’s Birthday (holiday in Kelantan)

December

  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Holiday Malaysia 2022: Sabah and Sarawak

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Mt Kota Kinabalu in Sabah has diverse flora and a beautiful butterfly farm.

 

There are 19 public (federal and state) holidays in Sarawak. June and October are ideal months for a holiday in this state.

Meanwhile, there are 20 public (federal and state) holidays in Sarawak. May and June have many public holidays and great for a holiday for Sabahans.

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

April

  • 15 (Fri) – Good Friday

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day
  • 30 (Mon) – Pesta Kaamatan Day 1 (aka harvest festival, a holiday in Sabah)
  • 31 (Tue) – Pesta Kaamatan Day 2 (holiday in Sabah)

June

  • 1 (Wed) – Hari Gawai Dayak Day 1 (holiday in Sarawak)
  • 2 (Thurs) – Hari Gawai Daya Day 2 (holiday in Sarawak)
  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 22 (Fri) – Sarawak’s Merdeka Day (holiday in Sarawak)
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 1 (Sat) – Sabah Governor’s Birthday (holiday in Sabah)
  • 8 (Sat) – Sarawak Governor’s Birthday (holiday in Sarawak)
  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali (Only in Sabah)

December

  • 24 (Sat) – Christmas Eve (holiday in Sabah)
  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Public Holidays 2022: Labuan and Putrajaya

Putrajaya
There are many family activities in Putrajaya from cycling, boating to picnicking.

 

There are 18 public (federal and state) holidays in Putrajaya while Labuan has 19 public holidays.

January

  • 1 (Sat) – New Year’s Day
  • 18 (Tues) – Thaipusam (holiday in Putrajaya)

February

  • 1 (Tues) –Chinese New Year Day 1 / Federal Territory Day
  • 2 (Wed) – Chinese New Year Day 2

April

  • 19 (Tues) – Nuzul Al-Quran

May

  • 1 (Sun) – Labour Day
  • 3 (Tue) – Hari Raya Day 1
  • 4 (Wed) – Hari Raya Day 2
  • 15 (Sun) – Wesak Day
  • 30 (Mon) – Pesta Kaamatan Day 1 (aka harvest festival, a holiday in Labuan)
  • 31 (Tue) – Pesta Kaamatan Day 2 (holiday in Labuan)

June

  • 6 (Mon) – Agong’s birthday

July

  • 10 (Sun) – Hari Raya Puasa
  • 30 (Sat) – Awal Muharam

August

  • 31 (Wed) – Merdeka Day

September

  • 16 (Fri) – Malaysia Day

October

  • 9 (Sun) – Nabi Muhammad’s Birthday
  • 24 (Mon) – Deepavali

December

  • 25 (Sun) – Christmas

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Perhentian Islands in Terengganu is a diver’s paradise

 

Here are more great articles to help you plan your holidays in 2022:

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  3. Travel vaccinations, everything that you need to know
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