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2008 Public Holidays in Malaysia and Singapore

Public Holidays in Malaysia and Singapore

Before travelling to Malaysia and Singapore, check out the public holidays in the two countries below. Public holidays may be national celebrations or religious or cultural celebrations celebrated by a large number of people.

   Its a great time to join in the celebrations but be sure to book hotels, air flights, train tickets and make your other travel arrangements early during public and state holidays. You can also expect crowds during school holidays.

 

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 2008 National or Major Public Holiday

National Public Holiday

Date in 2008

Day

Malaysia

Singapore

New Year's Day

1 January

Tuesday

/ *S

/

Maal Hijrah/ Awal Muharram 1429

10 January

Thursday

/

 

Thaipusam

23 January

Wednesday

/ *S

 

Chinese New Year

7  February

Thursday

/

/

 

8 February

Friday

/

/

Birthday of Prophet Muhammad

20 March

Thursday

/

 

Good Friday

21 March

Friday

 

/

Labour Day

1 May 

Thursday

/

/

Wesak Day

19 May

Monday

/

/

Birthday Celebration of King

7 June

Saturday

/

 

National Day Singapore

9 August

Saturday

 

/

National Day Malaysia (Hari Merdeka)

31 August

Sunday

/

 

Hari Raya Puasa (Eid Al-Fitr)

1 October

Wednesday

/

/

 

2 October

Thursday

/

 

Deepavali

28 October

Tuesday

/

/

Hari Raya Qurban (Eid Al-Adha)

8 December

Monday

/

/

 

9 December

Tuesday

/ *S

 

Christmas

25 December

Thursday 

/

/

Maal Hijrah (Awal Muharram) 1430

29 December

Monday

/

 

 

 

 

 

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*S  - Holidays in some states in Malaysia. There are several other state holidays not listed above. State holidays differ from state to state in Malaysia.

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About Celebrations in Malaysia and Singapore

There many celebrations in Malaysians and Singaporeans (more in Malaysia) because of the cultural and religious diversity of the population.

National celebrations are: National day (Malaysia and Singapore) and Birthday of the King and Sultans in Malaysia.

The major cultural and religious events celebrated are:

Hari Raya Adilfitri  (religious - Muslim)

Chinese New Year (cultural - Chinese)

Deepavali (religious - Hindu)

Wesak (religious - Buddhist)

Christmas (religious - Christian/Catholic)

Hari Raya Qurban (religious - Muslim)

...Details of these celebrations at holidays, festivals and celebrations.

 

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