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Malaysia (Kedah) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations


Malaysia (Kedah) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

Currency: Ringgit (MYR)
Banks are open on the second and the fourth Saturday of the month.
Internet domain: .my - telephone code: +60 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +8 (DST: no)
Week-end: Friday afternoon & Saturday

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Wednesday August 31, 2022Merdeka Day (Freedom Day)National Day
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Sunday September 18, 2022Malaysia DaySecular holiday
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Monday October 24, 2022Deepavali/DipabaliHinduism
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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Sunday February 5, 2023Thaipoosam CavadeeHinduism
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Saturday February 18, 2023Ascension of MohammedMuslim, Sufi
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Merdeka Day (Freedom Day)

Wednesday August 31, 2022
Secular holiday : Independence granted by the UK in 1957 paid holiday when falling on a Saturday

Malaysia Day

Sunday September 18, 2022
Secular holiday :


Monday October 24, 2022
Hinduism : Diwali also called the festival of lights , is an ancient Hindu festival which signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Christmas Day

Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

School holidays

Sunday January 1, 2023
School holidays : Vacances scolaires :
calendar issued by the Ministry of Education for Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu only
PISA ranking (average 493): not rated
Schooling is mandatory till age 16
number of instructional days per year in lower secondary education: 190 days
Teaching languages: Malay, Chinese, Tamil, Arabic, English
schools close on Friday
school uniforms required

Dates confirmed till Jan 2024 (Dec 31, 2023 will be the first day of 2024 year)

Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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Thaipoosam Cavadee

Sunday February 5, 2023
Hinduism : Tamil celebration. Marks the end of a 10-day fasting period during which people go to the local temple and get themselves pierced with various needles attached to various object.

Ascension of Mohammed

Saturday February 18, 2023
Muslim, Sufi :