Malaysian Calendar: The Best List For 2021 Events

July 12, 2021

Are you wondering when the Hair Raya Puasa will take place in the Malaysian calendar? In today's post, we will walk you through the most important dates in Malaysia and give you notes on when some of the biggest festivals are so you can time your travel correctly and gauge how much time you can learn Malay for travel. To give you a more comprehensive view, we will also review the impact of COVID-19 and whether certain national holidays are canceled because of it. If you are up for that, then off we go!

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country popular due to its distinct national treasures and diversity of races, cultures, and religions. For tourists out there, the country is also famous for being part of the top 25 most peaceful countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index! With that considered, it is the perfect travel destination for backpackers, families, or people in pursuit of a safe and hassle-free getaway. But before you visit the ever-popular Petronas Twin Towers or the Perhentian Islands, let's get to know about the top dates to remember, shall we?

 

Top 5 Festivals / Events In Malaysia

When it comes to traveling, there is nothing more exciting than authentically immersing yourself with the locals. One way by which you can do so is by joining some of the vibrant and traditional festivals celebrated by the locals. Below are 5 of the best festivals to watch out for, so be sure to time your travel during these:

Thaipusam - Jan To Feb

Thaipusam malaysian calendar

The Thaipusam is one of the most important festivals / public holidays in Malaysia and is usually celebrated by the Tamil Hindu community. It is done in commemoration of the Hindu deity known as Lord Murugan (the son of Parvati and Shiva). It usually takes place in the Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur, the Waterfall Hill Temple in Penang, and the Sri Subramanian Swami in Ipoh.

Langkawi International Water Festival - Apr

water fight malaysian calendar

Just like the Songkran of Thailand, Malaysia also has a water festival that takes place every April. It is an important event, and it reaches from Kuantan to Labuan. Many through water gun fights, fishing tournaments, kayaking challenges, beach volleyball, and even sandcastle-building competition are celebrated by many.

Tadau Ka’amatan Harvest Festival - May

Lasing for the whole month of May, this annual celebration is often known for its compilation of fantastic activities from traditional games from Malaysia, the Harvest Beauty Queen pageant, and folk songs and dances. Since it is mainly about thanksgiving for good crops (particularly rice), it is celebrated particularly in Labuan and Sabah Malaysia.

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri - Jun

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri malaysian calendar

Given that majority of the population is practicing Islam, Malaysia celebrates along with the world the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri or Hari Raya Puasa. This religious holiday is the same as any other country where people must abstain from food, drinks, and ill intentions. However, as the excitement builds up, the locals usually spend this time furnishing their home with new pieces and even wear new brightly-colored clothes. As for the food, you can expect to be served some Ketupat, Lemang, and Serunding.

Malaysian Independence Day / National Holiday - Aug

Malaysian Independence Day : Malaysian Calendar

Malaysian Independence Day or Merdeka Day is usually celebrated on the 31st of August. In the spirit of patriotism, it is expected that people join the parades and display the Malaysian flag from their homes, offices, or private vehicles. In some cities, the whole center islands are decorated with shimmering lights, flags, and strips of cloth with yellow, blue, and red colors.

 

Public Holidays And Observances

Malaysian Calendar : public holidays

In order to make sure that you can get the best out of your travel, check out the list below to see the public holidays and observances. As a word of advice, be careful when setting your vacation during public holidays as certain government offices and establishments may also be closed.

DateMalaysian holidays 2021Type of holidayWhat it is all about
01 JanTahun BaruRegionalNew Year's Day
14 JanHari Keputeraan Yang di Pertuan Besar Negeri SembilanRegionalYang di Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan's Birthday
28 JanThaipasumRegionalThanksgiving to Lord Subramaniam
01 FebHari Wilayah PersekutuanRegionalFederal Territory Day
12 FebTahun Baru CinaNationalChinese New Year
13 FebTahun Baru CinaNationalChinese New Year
04 MarHari Ulang Tahun Pertabalan Sultan TerengganuRegionalAnniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu
11 MarIsrak & MikrajRegionalThe Prophet's Ascension
23 MarHari Keputeraan Sultan JohorRegionalBirthday of the Sultan of Johor
02 AprGood FridayRegionalGood Friday
13 AprAwal RamadanRegionalStart of Ramadan
15 AprHari Perisytiharan Melaka Sebagai Bandaraya BersejarahRegionalDeclaration of Malacca as a Historical City
26 AprHari Keputeraan Sultan TerengganuRegionalSultan of Terengganu's Birthday
29 AprNuzul Al QuranRegionalQur'an Revelation Day
01 MayHari PekerjaNationalLabor day
13 MayHari Raya AidilfitriNationalConclusion of Ramadan
22 MayHari Hol PahangRegionalCommemorate the sultans of Pahang
26 MayHari WesakNationalVesak day
30 MayPesta KaamatanRegionalHarvest Festival
01 JunHari GawaiRegionalThanksgiving and harvest festival
07 JunHari Keputeraan Yang di Pertuan AgongRegionalYang Dipertuan Agong's Birthday
20 JunHari Keputeraan Sultan KedahRegionalSultan of Kedah's Birthday
07JulHari Ulang Tahun Perisytiharan Tapak Warisan DuniaRegionalGeorgetown World Heritage City Day
10 JulHari Jadi Yang di Pertua Negeri Pulau PinangRegionalPenang Governor's Birthday
17 JulHari Ulang Tahun Keputeraan Raja PerlisRegionalRaja Perlis' Birthday
19 JulHari ArafahRegionalDay of Arafah
22 JulHari Kemerdekaan SarawakRegionalSarawak Independence Day
30 JulHari Keputeraan Sultan PahangRegionalSultan of Pahang's Birthday
10 AugAwal MuharramNationalHijri New Year
24 AugHari Jadi Yang di Pertua Negeri MelakaRegionalMalacca Governor's Birthday
31 AugHari KebangsaanNationalNational Day
13 SepHari Hol Almarhum Sultan IskandaRegionalTo commemorate the passion of the previous Sultan of Johor
16 SepHari MalaysiaNationalMalaysia Day
02 OctHari Jadi Yang di Pertua Negeri SabahRegionalSabah Governor's Birthday
19 OctHari Keputeraan Nabi MuhammadRegionalProphet Muhammad's Birthday
04 NovDeepavaliRegionalFestival of Lights / Diwali
05 NovHari Keputeraan Sultan PerakRegionalSultan of Perak's Birthday
 11 NovHari Keputeraan Sultan KelantanRegionalSultan of Kelantan's Birthday
11 DecHari Keputeraan Sultan SelangorRegionalSultan of Selangor's Birthday
25 DecHari KrismasNationalChristmas day

 

The Impact Of Covid-19 On The Malaysian Calendar

The Impact Of Covid-19 On The Malaysian Calendar

As we reach this part of the post, we bet you are wondering when is the best time to visit Malaysia! However, before you jump into a plane, learn Malaysian, or purchase your outfits, please know that protocols are being placed today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of writing this post, the country has implemented strict entry and movement policies that all tourists and locals must adhere to.

The CDC raised the COVID-Level of transmission in the country at level 4, which is why you must take caution if you are planning to visit for the sake of leisurely activities. Aside from wearing masks and maintaining social distancing by at least 6 feet (2 meters), all travelers are required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test 72 hours before arriving in the country. In addition, once you are inside the zone, you will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the designated quarantine facility.

Recent news suggests that the sudden spike in cases is because of the Eid festival, which is why the government is now stricter and is enforcing lockdowns. With all these considered, please note that most of the public holidays and festivals are not canceled but are currently not allowed to be celebrated outdoors.

 

Enjoy The Malaysian Holidays!

As you may have known, things have not exactly played out the way we want them to be due to recent events. However, today's challenges must not wear you down, and you must persist by finding time to work on things you are passionate about. If you plan to visit Malaysia, now is the best time to learn their language, arrange your itinerary, and save up for the adventure ahead.

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