8 Long Weekends In 2022: Bookmark These Public Holidays For Extended Breaks

Malaysians love public holidays. Granted, who doesn’t? For us Malaysians, however, the commitment exists on a different plane. Year after year, we etch these dates into our minds. And effortlessly mention them when someone asks. That sadly hasn’t been the case for the past 24 months. All thanks to Covid-19, travel plans and family gatherings were put on the back burner, leading to a collective public holiday wastage like no other. But things are finally turning a corner. With borders open and most of the population inoculated, it’s time to revisit those shelved plans. Thankfully, we can expect a good number of public holidays in Malaysia in 2022.

The Types Of Public Holidays In Malaysia 

There are two types of public holidays in Malaysia:

  • National
  • State

National-level holidays are dates observed nationwide. On the other hand, state-level holidays are only celebrated if a date is relevant to a particular state. For example, Kuala Lumpur celebrates Federal Territory Day alongside two other federal territories on 1 February. 

In August, the government released the complete calendar of public holidays in Malaysia for the year 2022. Below we list down the dates of all national public holidays next year and show you how to earn yourself more long weekends—on top of the existing ones.

National Public Holidays In Malaysia For 2022

Chinese New Year (1 February, Tuesday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Chinese New Year Second Day (2 February, Wednesday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, and Selangor

Labour Day (1 May, Sunday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Hari Raya Puasa* (3 May, Tuesday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Hari Raya Puasa Second Day* (4 May, Wednesday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Vesak Day (15 May, Sunday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday (6 June, Monday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Hari Raya Aidiladha* (10 July, Sunday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

Hari Raya Aidiladha Second Day* (11 July, Monday)

Observed by: Kelantan and Terengganu 

Awal Muraham (30 July, Saturday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

National Day (31 August, Wednesday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu

Malaysia Day (16 September, Friday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (9 October, Sunday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terengganu

Deepavali (24 October, Monday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Selangor, and Terengganu

Christmas (25 December, Sunday)

Observed by: Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Putrajaya, Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu

*Subject to changes

Eight Long Weekends In Public Holidays In Malaysia For 2022

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The following dates will most certainly be buzzing with activity. Hence, book your flights and lodging as early as possible, especially if you plan on visiting tourist-heavy spots like Langkawi and Ipoh

Labour Day And Hari Raya Puasa

Dates: 30 April-4 May*

Total days off (including weekends): 5

Vesak Day

Dates: 14-16 May

Total days off (including weekends): 3

Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday

Dates: 4-6 June 

Total days off (including weekends):

Hari Raya Aidiladha

Dates: 9-11 July*

Total days off (including weekends): 3 (4 for residents of Perlis or Terengganu)

Malaysia Day

Dates: 16-18 September

Total days off (including weekends): 3

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Dates: 8-10 October

Total days off (including weekends): 3

Deepavali

Dates: 22-24 October

Total days off (including weekends): 3

Christmas

Dates: 24-26 December

Total days off (including weekends): 3

*Subject to changes

Take Leave Around These Public Holidays In Malaysia For 2022

Apart from the aforementioned long weekends, you can also use your leave days to stretch out the following dates for extended breaks!

Thaipusam

Date: 18 January, Tuesday

Take leave on: 17 January, Monday

Total days off (including weekends): 4

Chinese New Year

Date: 1 February, Tuesday (Day 1), 2 February, Wednesday (Day 2)

Take leave on: 31 January, Monday

Total days off (including weekends): 5

National Day

Date: 31 August, Wednesday

Take leave on: 29 August, Monday, 30 August, Tuesday

Total days off (including weekends): 5

Log Down These Public Holidays In Malaysia For 2022 In Your Calendar 

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As you can tell, there’ll be an abundance of public holidays in Malaysia come 2022! Bookmark this handy list as we’re sure it’ll come in handy when you’re planning that well-deserved vacation. That said, let’s remember that the coronavirus still lives amongst us. To ensure the wellbeing of those around us, it’s imperative for us to self-test before embarking on a trip. Prioritise early prevention and purchase self-test kits from credible sellers such as Watsons and Guardian on Shopee Malaysia!